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Janet Lewis

San Gerardo de Dota, San Jose, Costa Rica


Seeing and photographing this female Scintillant Hummingbird was one of the highlights of my visit to Costa Rica last year. This bird is one of the smallest of the hummingbird species, barely 3 ” long. She had nested in some bushes outside one of the hotel rooms. There were three chicks in the nest. She seemed oblivious to the presence of humans, and came and went at will to. The male of this species has brilliant orange feathers on his neck. They are endemic to Costa Rica and Panama, where the number and variety of hummingbirds is overwhelming! A far cry from the one species (Ruby-throated) that we see in the midwest where I live!


A Scintillant Hummingbird feeds her chicks.

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