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Rufous-tailed Hummingbird

Amazilia tzacatl


Changed ID based on foot color and suggestion. Gape is still leaving me slightly uncomfortable with the ID put as Rufous-tailed, as those were extremely numerous in most areas. The blue throat tinting is another mark suggestive of the Plumeleteer. Feel free to point out more suggestions for or against the ID! Thanks


bayucca 6 years ago

The red feet are for me themost important criteria and you can see same rufous at the back. The upper part of the beak is black not red as in yours.
Here is another wrong Plumeleteer from a experienced birder in Costa Rica:
To compare:

Cody.conway 6 years ago

Bayucca - if memory serves after looking it over again I believe the reason the ID came down to the Plumeleteer was due to the gape color? Any thoughts? I had brought up the feet color and the gape is what was pointed out to me by my previous partner who did the photography trip down to Panama with me.

Cody.conway 6 years ago

I had originally put this as a rufous-tailed when I first shot it and uploaded to Flickr. It was another birding group who had suggested the Plumeleteer. I asked about the feet but never got a response. I'll do a little more digging before changing it but I can accept it as a rufous since that was my mindset on this particular bird originally. Thanks!

bayucca 6 years ago

Risky game to challenge an ID from a birder and reptileexpert ;-))...
I am missing the red feet for the Plumeteer. I think this is an Amazila tzacatl, might be a juvenile or female:

Spotted by

Colón, Panama

Lat: 9.09, Long: -79.66

Spotted on Nov 28, 2011
Submitted on Dec 31, 2012

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