Talamanca Hummingbird (Eugenes spectabilis)

The Talamanca Hummingbird is pretty similar to the Fiery-throated Hummingbird and both inhabits similar environments, in the highlands of Costa Rica. The female has gray underparts, which makes it easier to identify against the Fiery-throated. The male is glittering green in the upperside, with iridescent throat and head that look black most of the time, but in certain angles reveal a deep turquoise-blue metallic color in the throat, and purplish-blue on the head.

This male was photographed in Cinchona, which is rather low when compared with Cerro Buenavista, which is the other place I have seen them.
A male Talamanca Hummingbird drinks nectar from flowers that hang upside down at the highlands in Costa Rica.
A male Talamanca Hummingbird drinks nectar from flowers that hang upside down at the highlands in Costa Rica.
Talamanca Hummingbird, Female - Eugenes spectabilis - Colibrí de Talamanca, Hembra (3)
A pair of these hummingbirds was perched briefly during the heavy rain.
Talamanca Hummingbird, Male - Eugenes spectabilis - Colibrí de Talamanca, Macho (2)
The iridescent plumage changes a lot in color, both in the throat and the upper portion of the head.
Magnificent Hummingbird - Eugenes fulgens - Colibrí Magnífico (2)
A female individual captured from up close at the highlands of Costa Rica.

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