Nesting rufous-tailed hummingbird

Check out the rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) decorating her nest at Osa Interactive Gardens. The compact cup-shaped nest is made of plant fiber and dead leaves and decorated with lichens and mosses. It is usually 1–6 m  high on a thin horizontal twig. Incubation takes 15–19 days before the eggs hatch.

Don’t confuse the rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) with the rufous hummingbird(Selasphorus rufus) that is found in North America, although both exhibit a feisty, aggressive behavior when feeding on flower nectar!

 

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