Coppery-headed Emerald (Elvira cupreiceps)

The Coppery-headed Emerald is one of the few species of birds that true endemics of Costa Rica, meaning only found in this country. The male is mostly green, with the copper hues on the head that can only be seen in the appropriate light and angle. The female has grey underparts and lacks the copper colors on the head. Both have a black downcurved bill, which help with identification versus similar species like the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird. They are one of the tiniest species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica. They are seen in the mid to high elevations, in places where there is high humidity, but specially in the Cinchona and Vara Blanca zone.

The Coppery-headed Emerald is a gem, just like the living tree bridge, but of a different (and smaller) kind. I am marveled at the metallic green tones in its body.
The color tones in this angle are more subtle, with the rump showing brownish-red colors that make it similar to the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird.
A male stands on a “Rabo de gato” branch, resting before sallying again for more nectar.
Coppery-headed Emerald, Male - Elvira cupreiceps - Esmeralda de Coronilla Cobriza, Macho (6)
The head color changes with the angle of the light due to iridescence.
Coppery-headed Emerald, Male - Elvira cupreiceps - Esmeralda de Coronilla Cobriza, Macho (7)
Just two species of hummingbirds are endemic of Costa Rica, with the Coppery-headed Emerald being easily spotted at Jardines’ del Rey de Cocora.
Coppery-headed Emerald, Female - Elvira cupreiceps - Esmeralda de Coronilla Cobriza, Hembra (2)
A female on an environmental portrait that shows the “Rabo de gato”, where many hummingbirds feed.
Coppery-headed Emerald, Male - Elvira cupreiceps - Esmeralda de Coronilla Cobriza, Macho (4)
Vertical portrait of the male showing its glittering green colors on the underside of the body.
Coppery-headed Emerald, Male - Elvira cupreiceps - Esmeralda de Coronilla Cobriza, Macho (2)
This male perched on a branch all covered in moss and bromeliads. It can be seen just how tiny it is.
Coppery-headed Emerald, Female - Elvira cupreiceps - Esmeralda de Coronilla Cobriza, Hembra (3)
A female perched on a small branch, resting after eating a lot of nectar from nearby flowers.

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