Fiery-throated hummingbird

Panterpe insignis

The fiery-throated hummingbird is a medium-sized hummingbird which breeds only in the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama. It is the only member of the genus ''Panterpe''.
Hummingbird Flower Mites in Panterpe insignis beak (may be Neharpyrhynchus trochilinus) I don't add species because is diffcult for me to verify it. I assume this could be the sp baed on its hummingbird host. Many hummingbirds are carriers of mites that use the hummingbird to travel from flower to flower. Each flower is like a bus stop and a feeding station for them. Read more on this curious behavior here: Costa Rica,Fiery-throated hummingbird,Geotagged,Neharpyrhynchus,Neharpyrhynchus trochilinus,Panterpe insignis,Spring,mites


This bird is 11 cm long and weighs 5.7 g. It has a straight black bill and dusky feet.

The adult fiery-throated hummingbird has shiny green body plumage, a blue tail, and a white spot behind the eye. It often looks dark, but when the light catches it at the right angle, it shows a brilliant blue crown, yellow-bordered bright orange throat, and blue chest patch. The sexes are similar, but young birds have rufous fringes to the head plumage. The call is a high-pitched twittering.
Panterpe insignis  Fiery-throated hummingbird,Panterpe insignis


This is a common to abundant bird of montane forest canopy above 1400 m, and also occurs in scrub at the woodland edges and clearings.
Fiery Throated Hummingbird Seen in the same area of feeders next to Paraiso Quetzal lodge.  These small hummingbirds are very territorial and chase away hummingbirds of even bigger size that are less aggressive. They protect both their females and their food source, hence the name fiery. This pic was selected by National Gegraphic as their Pic of The Day August 14, 2014 in The Great Nature Project. Costa Rica,Fiery-throated hummingbird,Geotagged,Panterpe insignis,Spring


The female fiery-throated hummingbird is entirely responsible for nest building and incubation. She lays two white eggs in a bulky plant-fibre cup nest 2–4 m high at the end of a descending bamboo stem or on a rootlet under a bank. Incubation takes 15–19 days, and fledging another 20-26.
Fiery Throated Hummingbird Seen in the terrace -opened to the forest- of Paraiso Quetzal Lodge. April, 2014.       Costa Rica,Fiery-throated hummingbird,Geotagged,Panterpe insignis,Spring


The food of this species is nectar, taken from a variety of small flowers, including epiphytic Ericaceae and bromeliads. Like other hummingbirds it also takes small insects as an essential source of protein. Male fiery-throated hummingbirds defend flowers and scrubs in their feeding territories, and are dominant over most other hummingbirds. They will, however, allow females to share their food resources.


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Status: Least concern
SpeciesP. insignis
Photographed in
Costa Rica