Blue-headed Sapphire (Hylocharis grayi)

The Blue-headed Sapphire is a very conspicuous hummingbird. It has an iridescent green body with brown wings and white feathers on its legs, sharing this combination of colors with many hummingbirds. However, its head is a deep blue, almost violet coloration, and it has a dark pink bill with a black tip, which makes it stand out of the crowd. It is shy in comparison with other birds that approached the feeders at Finca Alejandria, and when I first saw, it was on feeders inside the forest, in a very dark environment. It did came to a feather in the outside and perched long enough to get a good picture of it.

Blue-headed Sapphire - Hylocharis grayi - Zafiro Cabeciazul

A few minutes before this picture, I had been told this species was very rare to see. The pink bill contrasts nicely with the blue head and metallic green body.

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