Hummingbirds

The buffy hummingbird (Leucippus fallax) is a species of bird in the hummingbird family Trochilidae. This bird lives in dry forest and scrubland in northern South America where it feeds on insects and the nectar, flesh, and juice of cactus fruits.

The booted racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) is a species of hummingbird. It is found in the Andean cordillera of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. A population also occurs on the Venezuelan coast. This is the only species in the monotypic genus Ocreatus.

The Black-throated Tody-Tyrant has olive-green upperparts and crown. The wings are plain. The loral area, forehead, and area around the eyes are white (caesius) or buffy (pyrrhops). The underparts are whitish with a distinctive black throat. The bill is black and the iris is brown.

Silent bird that lives in low strata of humid forests. Its name Malacoptila means soft plumage and derives from the Greek roots malakos = soft and ptilon = plumage. His epithet mystacalis means mustache and comes from the Greek mustax, mustakos.

Previously classified in the genus Piculus, this species is quite polytypic and in Colombia there are at least 4 races. Its name Colaptes derives from the Greek kolaptes = pecker, chiseller. The epithet rubiginosus derives from Latin and means reddish.

This species is found in the Andes with a very localized distribution. Its name Chlorophonia comes from the Greek roots khloros = green and euphonia = euphony or excellence of tone. Its epithet pyrrhophrys comes from the Greek roots purrhos = flame color or red and ophrus = eyebrow.

It is a hummingbird of average size. Long and slender bill. Its tones vary between black and greenish black, passing through green and aquamarines. Its beautiful colors are appreciated in good daylight. Inhabitant of humid forests and gardens.

The Black-throated mango is a common hummingbird on the edges of the jungle and close to natural water deposits. It is the most widely distributed species of the genus and its name Anthracothorax comes from the Latin roots Anthrax = coal and thorax = chest. The epithet nigricollis derives from the Latin roots niger = black and collis = neck.