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Fiery-Throated Hummingbird

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My last spotting of one of these beauties until I come back to Central America. I think the name "fiery" does not only come from its colorful chin and chest but also from how fiercely they protect the food sources they find, from other individuals. They are atracted to high-sugar content flowers, which are usually red in their habitat (no wonder why the human-made feeders are also red-colored). Interestingly, although they will defend their territory from other males and other species of hummingbirds and even large insects such as hawkmoths, they still tolerate females approaching their feeding grounds. No wonder, as this is one of the only places where they will find each other as otherwise this species is solitary and the male does not intervene in the nesting and raising of offspring processes.


Paraiso Quetzal.

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28 Comments (1–25)

Thanks Frederic and armadeus.4!

armadeus.4 3 years ago

Congratulations Marta!!! Fantastic pics of this beautiful little jewel bird :)

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 3 years ago

Congrats Marta! It s a great spotting and a great photo!

Many thanks sunnyjosef! your kind words really make a difference for me. It makes me happy to have met beautiful people like you, here in PN :-)

@James: same goes for you and the rest and yes, let´s make a race! haha :-)

sunnyjosef 3 years ago

Beautiful spotting Marta.. This little jewel made my day!!!

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

See which of us can make 5000 first!

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

See which of us can make 5000 first!

Many thanks, Emily! :-)

EmilieChich 3 years ago

Congratulations Marta, and keep on the good work. Beautiful spottings!

Many thanks for your kind words, James. Very much needed these days, so I really appreciate it since I have been very sad and unsure I would continue posting my spottings in project Noah. Your words encourage me to continue... :-)

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

Well said! We are all glad you are still here. You have a wonderful eye and bring much joy to those of us who get to share your lovely images.

I wanted to say thank you once again to all the people that congratulated me and shared this happy moment with me through Facebook or by leaving a kind message in my spotting here. Thanks to this I learned who are my real friends in Project Noah and most important, that although I have got a big dissappointment recently, it is still worthy to stay in this web site because I also met people who are kind and genuinely good people. So thank you all that supported me! I am very happy I have met you and that we can share pictures of our beautiful world through this web site :-)

KarenSaxton 3 years ago

Makes me yearn for another costa rica visit

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

Congrats well deserved. Beautiful image as usual.

@Ihankin: Many thanks again for choosing this spotting as Pic of the Day for today in the Great Nature Project!

Many thanks Dilan!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 3 years ago

Beautiful series Marta!!

Oh, actually me neither..
I only saw them during my visit to Costa Rica. I wish I could also see them in my garden every day. But in exchange we see all the beautiful species that are native from our area and that perhaps would not be found in Costa Rica. In any case, the tropics are always more exhuberant in colors, shapes and biodiversity in general :-)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 3 years ago

you are so lucky to have these jewels Marta ... sad we dont find hummingbirds here :(

Many thanks, Bhagya! And there were many of these tiny beauties in that place :-)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 3 years ago

wooooow soooo beautiful......

Many thanks Kathleen! :-)

Congratulations Marta!

Many thanks again to you for choosing this spotting Ihankin! :-)

lhankin 3 years ago

Thank you! Your photo will be highlighted on Thursday, August 14. Afterwards, you’ll be able to see your photo for about a month in the Pic of the Day Collection ( Thanks again for contributing to The Great Nature Project!

San José, San José, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.64, Long: -83.86

Spotted on Apr 22, 2014
Submitted on Jul 27, 2014

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