By Paul Gerace
The Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird is one of the most common hummingbirds seen here in Costa Rica.
It is named after its very distinct rufous colored tail. It has a very pink bill and a bright green body that appears to glitter when the sunlight hits it just right.
The Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird is very territorial. When other hummingbirds try to feed on its area of flowers it will make an aggressive dive towards them which results in their retreat.
Their wings flap at an impressive 60 beats per second and they like to feed on nectar and small insects. They are typically found in gardens and particularly like the colorful flowers on the rabo leon bushes.
Even though they are very common I still look forward to photographing them to capture their beautiful colors in the right light.
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