October 22, 2016
Peru is blessed with having more hummingbird species than any other country in the world, over 100 species! The Private Reserve at Tambo Blanquillo is equally blessed with an amazing diversity of hummingbirds. We currently have over 20 species recorded in our gardens, and we do not rely on hummingbird feeders as we try to promote the jungle as it is.
In this blog post, we will briefly introduce you to the 3 most common species that hang out in our garden.
Reddish hermit (Phaethornis ruber):
The most common species in our gardens is the tiny Reddish Hermit. This hummingbird –one of the lightest and smallest in the Amazon- is commonly seen feeding on the flowers that are beside our Luxury Cabins and our Dining Room.
An interesting fact that most people don’t know about hummingbirds is that they consume nectar only as ‘fuel’ (raw calories), however, they get their minerals, nutrients, and proteins from another source. Although hard believe, this amazing flyers actually get their proteins from mosquitos, flies, and other insects they catch midflight!
White-neck Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora):
The biggest and most strikingly colored hummingbird to be found in our gardens is the White-necked Jacobin. Unmistakable with a blue head, green back, and white belly, this is arguably the nicest looking hummingbird to be found at this altitude. It is normally seen in the flowering bushes next to our cabins, as well as the some of the heliconias next to the Tambo one of the sleeping areas in Tambo Blanquillo-Private Reserve.
Sapphire-spangled Emerald (Amazilia lactea):
Although initially, it might seem similar to the White-necked Jacobin, this much smaller and less bulky hummingbird lacks all the white underpants and the blue crown. This species is another one that is seen daily on the flowers next to the Luxury Cabins and the Dinning Room. This year, we have a pair of Sapphire-spangled Emeralds nesting within our Lodge. The location of the nest itself cannot be disclosed for obvious reasons, but it is worth mentioning how good these guys are at building such delicate structures out of tiny sticks, and spider web!
If you have any questions about this or any other species, please do not hesitate to contact us, or leave us a comment in the comment section below.