Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher (Ptilogonys caudatus)

The Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher is an elegant bird that can be found in the highlands in Costa Rica. It’s long black tail contrasts with the gray and yellow body, ending with a yellow crest that is normally seen protruding from the head. The male is more colorful than the female, but overall they look similar and might be indistinguishable on bad lighting. Along the Black-and-yellow Silky-flycatcher, this species is part of a four species family around the world, with only the Black-and-yellow and the Long-tailed being present in Costa Rica, endemic to our country and western Panama.

A male perches on a small tree branch that seems to step from under a red bromeliad
The gray upperparts and chest look blueish under the right lighting conditions
After quite the spectacle, this male perched right on top of a bromeliad flower
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher - Ptilogonys caudatus - Capulinero Colilargo (2)
A male caught foraging and feeding on these small fruits
Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher - Ptilogonys caudatus - Capulinero Colilargo
The female has a similar, but duller coloration overall

Lesser Violetear (Colibri cyanotus)

The Lesser Violetear belongs to the same genus as the Brown Violetear, however they look pretty different due to the overall color. This species is by the most part green, however it has a big violet ear patch that is visible from any angle (not caused by iridescence) and also shows some blue-violet glow on the chest. The wing is dark brown above and light brown on the underside. They are relatively big when compared with other species we saw at Rio Blanco Natural Reserve, like the Buff-tailed Coronet.

Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (2)
This incredibly colorful hummingbird spread its tail feathers during a fight with another individual.
Vibrant colors are a signature of hummingbird plumage and Green Violetears are no exception. Even its tail feathers glow with metallic colors.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (7)
The violet patch on the ear is very conspicuous on this picture.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (6)
After perching, this hummingbird had the habit of stretching its wings to the back for a moment.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (5)
In what looks like a sword fight, a Violetear faces off with a female Talamanca, all while the rain was raging.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar (3)
Another one of the green hummingbirds, this one has a very conspicuous violet patch on the ear that is sometimes raised, hence the name.
Green Violetear - Colibri thalassinus - Colibrí Verdemar
A Green Violetear perched on a porterweed, which provides a lot of nectar to these ever hungry birds.