Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mangos are Brilliant

Back-to-back hummingbird posts.  What can I say, they're photogenic.

Green-crowned Brilliant was one of the less common hummers at Rancho.  I only saw it a couple times, but this immature male perched in nice light at one point. 

Their small oval head, short bill, and long tail give them somewhat odd proportions.

Green-breasted Mangos are another mostly green hummingbird, though shaped very differently:  short tailed and long (dark) billed.  I didn't see many adult males.

Females and immatures on the other hand were quite common.

I can't think of many birds whose darkest coloring runs down the midline of the underside.

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