The itinerary indicated that we could see as many as 600 bird species on the trip. We ended up seeing 360 species. 232 of those were life birds for me. There were so many birds that I have decided to break them up into multiple posts. This post concentrates on just the hummingbirds. The field guide lists 134 species possible - 134! We have exactly 1 specie here in Pennsylvania.
Our trip started on Sat Nov 2nd in Quito which is the capital of Ecuador and located at 9,340 feet elevation and -0.20562° N latitude, -78.5088° E longitude. Our first stop was to a preserve called Yanacocha which is at 12,000 feet elevation. Joco Toco Conservation Fund helps to protect the area. It was pretty cool at this elevation. We needed jackets for sure.
Who knew that we could find such cool birds and hummingbirds at such high elevation!
The first hummer that I saw was this cinnamon colored bird called Shining Sunbeam.
It should really be called "Rainbow Butt". Look at how it shines in the sunlight!
Next up, a little hummer called Golden-breasted Puffleg. Check out the white puffs on the legs. This dude was itching for a fight with any other hummer that flew past him.
|Golden-breasted Puffleg - ready for action
The most common hummer at Yanacocha was the Buff-winged Starfrontlet. What a name.
Andean Emerald isn't stunning but still really cute. This guy ruled the roost.
Of all of the hummers that I wanted to see, this Booted Racket-tail topped the list. I can't even!