|Not the best shot, but enough to let us know that it is not a Cinnamon.|
Rufous-tailed hummingbirds are the most common and widespread hummer in Belize, but we were never able to see them long enough to photograph them or recognize them until we had feeders up. They nectar on banana and coffee bean flowers, both of which are cultivated on large and small scales throughout Central America. Check out one of my earlier posts about banana flowers.
|Here is a good view of the green gorget and upper chest and paler grey-green belly.|
It took them longer to start using the feeders than it did the Cinnamon Hummingbirds. And of course the experienced Ruby-throats, newly migrated from the abundant feeders in the US, were the ones that showed the Cinnamons what a feeder was all about.
|Heads up! Ever on alert for danger or competition.|
|From this vantage, you can see the lower mandible is red and the upper is black.|
They even stand their ground against us as we tend to our outdoor activities. They back off from the feeder and face us, chattering and fussing to persuade us to leave. If we continue to work outside, they are the first hummers to resume feeding and basically ignore us unless we get within 5 or 10 feet of the feeder.
|The tip of both lower and upper mandibles is black. This is a fairly common theme in hummingbirds, but can still be a useful tool for IDs.|
|This Rufous-tail looks a lot like a Cinnamon from this angle, but notice that there is no cinnamon color on the side of the neck and the overall green color is darker on the Rufous-tail.|
|Look at the gorgeous emerald green gorget sparkling in the sunlight!|
When the gorget catches the light just right, it lights up with a spectacular iridescence.
Rufous-tails are very determined feeders and put on incredible acrobatic antics when defending their feeder from other hummers, even from other Rufous-tails.
The striking Green-Breasted Mango will be featured next, so stay tuned.
|An impressive display, even out of focus.|
|Steely-eyed determination ...|