|Amethyst-throated Sunangel Heliangelus amethysticollis, Inca Track near Machu Picchu, Peru.|
|Andean Emerald Agyrtria franciae, Alandbi Lodge north-west of Quito, Ecuador.|
Common in the northern Andes, but always exquisite.
|Blue-mantled Thornbill Chalcostigma stanleyi, El Cajas NP, southern Ecuador.|
A mostly high-altitude bird which shines all over!
|Buff-tailed Coronet Boissonneaua flavescens, Bellavista Lodge, north-west of Quito.|
A relatively unassuming hummer - until it catches the light.
|White-necked Jacobin Florisuga mellivora male, Alanbi Lodge, north-west of Quito.|
|Collared Inca Coeligena torquata female, Bellavista Lodge, north-west Ecuador cloud forests.|
|Golden-tailed Sapphire Chrysuronia oenone, Wild Sumaco Lodge, north-eastern Andes, Ecuador.|
Some of these birds really have big names to live up to, but they seem to manage with ease...
|Green Violetear Colibri thalassinus near Cusco, Peruvian Andes.|
A widespread beauty.
|Green-crowned Brilliant Heliodoxa jacula, Mirador Rio Blanco, north-west of Quito, Ecuador.|
A relatively big hummer, and brilliant indeed.
|Green-crowned Woodnymph Thalurania colombica, Alanbi Lodge.|
Surely one of the most stunning in the glittering constellation of hummers.
|Purple-bibbed Whitetip Urosticte benjamini, Alanbir Lodge, is limited to the northern Andes.|
|Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl, also at Alanbi.|
A very common hummingbird from Mexico to southern Ecuador, but who could ever tire of them?
|Violet-bellied Hummingbird Juliamyia julie, Umbrellabird Lodge, southern Ecuador.|
There is no bad way to end a posting on either iridescence or hummers
and I reckon this bird emphasises that. Wow!