Monday, March 9, 2015

Black-crested Coquette

The most common small hummingbird at Rancho was the Black-crested Coquette.  They didn't come into the feeders, but one or two were almost invariably present in the flowering Verbena (it's really too bad this stuff doesn't grow up here; Costa Rican hummingbirds love it).

I only saw one or two males however;  I would have liked better pics of their pin-feather crests

We had to mostly make do with females and immatures.

Costa Rica is at the southern end of this small hummer's range, starting in southern Mexico.  It's one of the most widely distributed coquettes.   

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