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White-bellied woodstar        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The popular impression of hummingbirds is that they are brightly colored, but many of the several hundred species are rather plainly-marked birds.   An example is the female white-bellied woodstar shown here.   Males are a bit brighter; they have rose-red throat gorgets, but none permitted a good photo.   I took most of the pictures in San Pedro, at about 1500 m altitude on the Manu Road, descending into Amazonia in southeastern Peru.   Like several other hummer species, they were very fond of the flowers of these verbena bushes.   One was photographed in mountain forest above Cali, Colombia.

  • Canon 7D or 7D2; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 1.4X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, electronic flash (2012, 2015)