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Ecuador Hummingbirds Photo Gallery
Ecuador's hummingbirds enchant all who see them and there are over a hundred different types of hummingbird to see here.  You can see hummingbirds in most parts of Ecuador, from urban Quito to rural villages and mountain valleys.  In San Luis de Pambil, the home of CRACYP, we see at least three types of hummingbird on a daily basis - the Rufous Tailed Hummingbird, the Baron's Hermit and the Andean Emerald.  We have also seen some kind of woodstar higher up the valley, but have not yet managed to photograph it or identify which type it is.
Baron's Hermit Hummingbird (I think), hovering.
Baron's Hermit Hummingbird (Phaethornis baroni),
San Luis de Pambil, Ecuador.  Photo by Roz Gordon.
Photographing hummingbirds is a real challenge, especially in their natural environment, as they move so fast.  This image above was captured by professional photographer Roz Gordon as the hummingbird was about to feed on flowers near CRACYP's base in San Luis de Pambil, Ecuador.  We think it is a Baron's Hermit, but round here they seem to be a brownish grey rather than the green that the hummingbird books suggest - any ideas or help with identification welcome!
Ecuador Hummingbirds: Baron´s Hermit Hummingbird, hovering with tail fanned out.
Baron's Hermit Hummingbird again, this one showing off its beautiful tail,
San Luis de Pambil, Ecuador.  Photo by Paul Bamford.
Rufous-tailed hummingbirds are very common around San Luis de Pambil.  They are small but very territorial.  We've seen them chase off other hummingbirds, larger than themselves, in defence of 'their' flower.  These beautiful little green and red hummingbirds are easy to identify, even for beginner birdwatchers, as their colouring is very distinctive - pink bill, green body and rusty red tail.

Rufous Tailed Hummingbird hovering at pink flowersRufous tailed hummingbird with tail fanned out.

Rufous-Tailed Hummingbirds (Amazilia tzacatl)
showing off the red tail after which they are named.  Photographed by Sarah Clifford. 
Andean Emeralds are often seen in our part of Ecuador, but are difficult to capture in photographs.  They are relatively small hummingbirds and though they look extremely delicate, they move very fast.  The juvenile in the photo below was less than two inches long.  Andean Emeralds have white underparts and green backs, their heads can sometimes appear a sparkling turquoise colour as they reflect the light.

Tiny juvenile blue/green hummingbird hovering at pink flowerAndean Emerald Hummingbird perched on vine, Ecuador.

Juvenile (l) and adult (r) Andean Emeralds

Ecuador is one of the best places to photograph hummingbirds because many resorts put out feeders which the 'hummers' return to regularly.  Popular with hotels in Ecuador, the hummingbird feeders attract the birds with artificial 'flowers' through which the birds sip sugar water.  With an ample supply of 'nectar' and somewhere to perch, the hummingbirds return often and stay for a while, making it easier to get hummingbird photos that are more than just a blur.  However, many of the hummingbird photos on this page were taken in San Luis de Pambil, where we do not put out feeders, but still see and photograph beautiful, truly wild hummingbirds. 
Ecuador hummingbird amongst pink flowers.
Andean Emerald Hummingbird (Amazilia franciae) with Tropical Foliage.
Photo taken by Sarah Clifford in San Luis de Pambil, Ecuador
This hummingbird photo gallery focuses mostly on the species found locally here in San Luis de Pambil.  There are a few photographs (below, and down the right hand side of the page) showing just some of the many hummingbirds found in other areas of Ecuador.  For a wider range of hummingbird photos and more information, see the Hummingbirds of Ecuador Photo Gallery on the Ecuador Travel Site . org.
Hummingbirds at a feeder in Mindo, Ecuador
Many of Ecuador's hummingbirds are brightly coloured with distinct markings, but it can still be a challenge to identify them accurately.  Their sparkling colours seem to change from different angles and they move incredibly fast.  Even when they are sitting still, the female and juvenile hummingbirds of some species can look quite different from the males.  We hope we've been able to correctly identify all of the hummingbird images on this page.  However, if you're an ornithologist, an Ecuador hummingbird expert, a professional Ecuador hummingbird photographer, a 'hummer' fan or just a birdwatcher who really knows what they're talking about, please let us know if we've made any errors - write to us at
For Ecuador hummingbird photographs and other images from her Ecuador trip, thanks to photographer Roz Gordon.  Also thanks to Paul Bamford for hummingbird and other images of Ecuador.  All images on this site are copyright and may not be used without the express, written permission of CRACYP.  
To see Ecuador's hummingbirds for yourself, visit us on a farmstay in beautiful San Luis de Pambil, find out more about our other ecotourism initiatives in Ecuador or take a trip to "hummingbird heaven" - Mindo.
More Ecuador Hummingbird Photos

Ecuador Hummingbird Photo Gallery
Hummingbird photos from CRACYP
Selected hummingbird images by Roz Gordon -
Hummingbird photographs from Paul Bamford, volunteer photographer for CRACYP

Ecuador Hummingbirds

Ecuador hummingbirds: white-necked jacobin, feedingRufous-tailed hummingbird in flight.Hummingbirds hovering around feeder in Ecuador.Ecuador Hummingbird in flight.Hummingbird hovering by red flower in EcuadorGreen hummingbird with pink bill and red tail, hovering at red flower

Ecuador is one of the best places in the world for watching hummingbirds.

More hummingbird info:
World of Hummingbirds

Small brown hummingbird in flight.
Ecuador Hummingbirds: Baron's Hermit, photographed by Paul Bamford

Brown Violet-ear and Andean Emerald Hummingbirds, perched on vine.
Ecuador Hummingbirds: Brown Violet Ear
& Andean Emerald


white necked jacobin hummingbird hovering at feeder
Ecuador Hummingbirds:
White-Necked Jacobin

Andean Emerald hummingbird hovering
Ecuador Hummingbirds: Andean Emerald

Rufous tailed hummingbird, Ecuador.
Ecuador Hummingbirds:
Rufous Tailed Hummingbird