Karl Overman: Birds and More

 
 

This bird was photographed on my fifth trip to Ecuador and it was a life bird on that trip.  The Mindo area is in the Chaco region, rich in endemics in western Colombia and western Ecuador.  On all of my previous four trips to Ecuador I birded the Chaco region yet this species eluded me.  Why a different outcome on this trip?  Hummingbird feeders.  My last Ecuador trip was in 1992 and at that time there were no hummingbird feeders to speak of.  Now they are dozens of eco lodges just in the Mindo area all with banks of hummingbird feeders and this is a species that has an affinity for showing up at such feeders.

Fawn-breasted Brilliant  (Heliodoxa rubinoides)

Modified January 8, 2019