HUMMINGBIRDS   -   TROCHILIDAE   -   PART II

Horned Sungem, fairies, mangos, sunangels, thorntails, coquettes


Horned Sungem - Heliactin bilophus
Horned Sungem
Heliactin bilophus
Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Male. A neat little hummer that's almost endemic Brazil, but it also gets a little but into Bolivia, and there is an odd record from Suriname. It's found in savanna habitats like cerrado and caatinga. (S8)


Horned Sungem - Heliactin bilophus
Horned Sungem
Heliactin bilophus
Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Female. (S5)


Black-eared Fairy - Heliothryx auritus
Black-eared Fairy
Heliothryx auritus auriculatus
Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male, showing green on his throat. This seems to be quite a rare species in the Atlantic Forest. (D4)


Black-throated Mango - Anthracothorax nigricollis
Black-throated Mango
Anthracothorax nigricollis
Folha Seca, Ubatuba, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Male. A widespread and often common species in tropical South America and Panama. (S6)


Black-throated Mango - Anthracothorax nigricollis
Black-throated Mango
Anthracothorax nigricollis
Folha Seca, Ubatuba, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Female. (S6)


Orange-throated Sunangel - Heliangelus mavors
Orange-throated Sunangel
Heliangelus mavors
Las Tabias, Mérida state, Venezuela.
Male. Only found in a fairly small area of the northern Andes from Venezuela to northern Colombia. (P1f)


Amethyst-throated Sunangel - Heliangelus amethysticollis
Amethyst-throated Sunangel
Heliangelus amethysticollis laticlavius
Tapichalaca reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Male. (S5)


Amethyst-throated Sunangel - Heliangelus amethysticollis
Amethyst-throated Sunangel
Heliangelus amethysticollis laticlavius
Cordillera de Lagunillas, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Fenale. Females of this subspecies have a nearly complete gorget bordered by a narrow buffy band. (S6)


Gorgeted Sunangel - Heliangelus strophianus
Gorgeted Sunangel
Heliangelus strophianus
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. Closely related to the previous species, replacing it northward in the Chocó region. (S4)


Little Sunangel - Heliangelus micraster
Little Sunangel
Heliangelus micraster micraster
Tapichalaca reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Male. Closely related to the prevous species, and sometimes considered conspecific. In The Birds of Ecuador (2001), this species is called Flame-throated Sunangel. (S7)


Little Sunangel - Heliangelus micraster
Little Sunangel
Heliangelus micraster micraster
Tapichalaca reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Female, or perhaps a subadult male. (S7)


Little Sunangel - Heliangelus micraster
Little Sunangel
Heliangelus micraster micraster
Tapichalaca reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe province, Ecuador.
Juvenile. (S7)


Purple-throated Sunangel - Heliangelus viola
Purple-throated Sunangel
Heliangelus viola
Utuana reserve, Loja province, Ecuador.
Male. A big, beautiful sunangel restricted to the Tumbesian highlands of southern Ecuador and northwestern Peru. (S7)


Purple-throated Sunangel - Heliangelus viola
Purple-throated Sunangel
Heliangelus viola
Utuana reserve, Loja province, Ecuador.
Female or juvenile male. (S7)


Royal Sunangel - Heliangelus regalis
Royal Sunangel
Heliangelus regalis
ACP Abra Patricia-Alto Nieva, Amazonas department, Peru.
Male. A gorgeous hummer endemic to stunted forest on outlying ridges of the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador. I don't use a lot of flash in my photography, but in this case I found it essential; the bird was so dark that it was impossible to expose the background properly without using a bit of flash on the hummer. (S6f)


Wire-crested Thorntail - Discosura popelairii
Wire-crested Thorntail
Discosura popelairii
WildSumaco, Napo province, Ecuador.
Male. A terrific little hummer found in the east Andes from Colombia to Peru. A photo of the female is below. (S7)


Green Thorntail - Discosura conversii
Green Thorntail
Discosura conversii
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


Green Thorntail - Discosura conversii
Green Thorntail
Discosura conversii
Mirador Rio Blanco, Los Bancos, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Female. She lacks the long tail but still undeniably"cute". (S6)


Green Thorntail - Discosura conversii
Green Thorntail
Discosura conversii
Milpe Bird Santuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
Female. Shot in flight using natural light only (no flash). Bright, overcast conditions allowed for a 1/8000 s. shutter speed. (S8)


Frilled Coquette - Lophornis magnificus
Frilled Coquette
Lophornis magnificus
Hotel do Ypê, Itatiaia NP, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. A superb Brazilian endemic, found mainly in the Atlantic Rainforest, but also locally in central Brazil. (D3)


Frilled Coquette - Lophornis magnificus
Frilled Coquette
Lophornis magnificus
Vale das Taquaras Lodge, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Femae. (S7)


Rufous-crested Coquette - Lophornis delattrei
Rufous-crested Coquette
Lophornis delattrei delattrei
Amazonia Lodge, Madre de Dios department, Peru.
A female (left) and male (right) face off near a favorite patch of Verbena (Porterweed) near the lodge. There was nothing friendly about this encounter, and judging by the expression on the male's face, I don't think he was winning the dispute! (S8)


Festive Coquette - Lophornis chalybeus
Festive Coquette
Lophornis chalybeus chalybeus
Folha Seca, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Male. This incredibly beautiful hummer is one of the most common visitors to Jonas's feeders at Folha Seca. While it occurs locally throughout lowland forest in much of tropical South America, nowhere is it as common as in this part of SE Brazil. (S6)

Festive Coquette - Lophornis chalybeus
Festive Coquette
Lophornis chalybeus verreauxii
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Female, perched in the canopy of a tall tree, and photographed from the canopy tower. A very rare bird in Ecuador. (S6)


Black-crested Coquette - Lophornis helenae
Black-crested Coquette
Lophornis helenae
El Tapir, San José province, Costa Rica.
This ornate Middle American hummer was feeding in a hedge of Verbena planted in the reserve. (S8)



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