Chestnut-breasted Coronets (Photos by Narca)
Although common, little Speckled Hummingbirds are unobtrusive and easier to overlook.
We find Rufous-capped Thornbills at flowers away from the lodge. This hummer is rare and local in southern Ecuador, and often clings to flowers as it feeds.
A few dazzling Long-tailed Sylphs and the more demure Fawn-breasted Brilliants jockey for a place at the feeders.
A male Long-tailed Sylph
A female Fawn-breasted Brilliant shows two white marks by her eyes
Among my favorites are the two lovely sunangels. Both are Andean species, but the Amethyst-throated ranges all the way south through Peru to Bolivia, whereas the dazzling Flame-throated only occurs locally in montane habitats of southern Ecuador and northern Peru.
Tapichalaca is definitely hummingbird country! In all, 29 species of hummers are known to grace the reserve.