Green-crowned Brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)

The Green-crowned Brilliant is a relatively large hummingbird of the Heliodoxa family, which contains nine species, but the jacula is the only species to inhabit Costa Rica. It has a weird face, resulting from the elongated form towards the long and thin bill. The male is mostly green with glittering metallic-green crown as the name suggests, which becomes visible only with some angles due to the iridescence phenomenon that the bird displays. The female is similar, but has a white belly with scaling pattern in the throat and the flanks.

When it rained in the afternoon, the hummingbirds went into a feeding frenzy, with up to nine species present at the same time. The sometimes heavy drops did not deter them at all.
The male shows a small purple patch on the throat, while the rest of the body is glittering green.
The wings are pretty long, although they do not cover the entire extension of the tail.
The females have white patches on the belly and the face, helping them differentiate from males
Another female perching on a branch and showing the white patches characteristic of this species
Green-crowned Brilliant, Juvenile - Heliodoxa jacula - Colibrí Brillante Frentiverde, Juvenil (3)
This juvenile hummingbird was giving quite the show, perching for a few moments to drink nectar, then going back to the air
Green-crowned Brilliant, Juvenile - Heliodoxa jacula - Colibrí Brillante Frentiverde, Juvenil (2)
It is a relatively big hummingbird with an appetite for fresh nectar
Green-crowned Brilliant, Juvenile - Heliodoxa jacula - Colibrí Brillante Frentiverde, Juvenil
When not feeding, this juvenile emitted high pitched calls that most probably were directed to its parents
Green-crowned Brilliant, Female - Heliodoxa jacula - Colibrí Brillante Frentiverde, Hembra (2)
The female has a scaled pattern of green and white feathers on the belly, and sometimes show a brown cheek
Green-crowned Brilliant, Male - Heliodoxa jacula - Colibrí Brillante Frentiverde, Macho (2)
The male is mostly dark green, with a post ocular spot and a small violet patch on the throat
Green-crowned Brilliant, Male - Heliodoxa jacula - Colibrí Brillante Frentiverde, Macho (3)
The legs are covered in white feathers. Iridescence causes feathers around the body to change to blue and orange hues

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