Blue-throated sapphire

Hylocharis eliciae

The blue-throated sapphire , also known as the blue-throated goldentail, is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. It is found in Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.
Blue Throated Goldentail - featuring a bright pink bill Hummingbirds are very difficult to identify, especially if you see them in the forest away from the hummingbird feeder! However, these came to visit the wonderful canopy terrace at La Cusinga jungle lodge and with that amazing pink bill, the identification was fairly straightforward. Blue-throated sapphire,Cost Rica,Costa Rica,Geotagged,Hylocharis eliciae,Spring,la cusinga

Appearance

This medium-sized hummingbird measures 9 cm and weighs 3.6 g . The crown and upperparts are green, shading to the metallic golden-green tail. The wings are dusky, while the sides and belly are green. The throat is metallic blue-violet. The bill is straight and coral red with a black tip. The female is paler overall, with more black in the bill and more grey in the throat.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderApodiformes
FamilyTrochilidae
GenusHylocharis
SpeciesH. eliciae
Photographed in
Costa Rica