This photo of a rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) was taken in the wild near Arenal in Costa Rica.
It is a medium-sized hummingbird that breeds from east-central Mexico, through Central America and Colombia, east to western Venezuela and south through western Ecuador to near the border with Peru. This is a common to abundant bird of open country, river banks, woodland, scrub, forest edge, coffee plantations and gardens. The food of this species is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers, including Heliconias and bananas and also small insects as an essential source of protein. Rufous-tailed hummingbirds can be very aggressive, and defend flowers and shrubs in their feeding territories. I can attest to that!
Amazilia tzacatlCopyright August 2016Costa RicaHumming birdbirdscloseupcloseup of a birdcolorful birdiridescent colorsresting humming birdrufoustailed hummingbird