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Hummingbirds of La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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La Paz Waterfall Gardens Hummingbirds

We’re not exaggerating when we say La Paz Waterfall Gardens offers aviary experiences unlike anything you’ll find in all of Costa Rica.  Our well-established hummingbird garden is home to 26 of the 57 documented Trochilidae species that have been officially recorded in Costa Rica.

“Hummingbirds are always a treat no matter what your level of birding. This hummingbird garden is the most magnificent viewing area I have ever seen! Twenty six species of these feisty little hummers can easily be watched continuously. Thrills abound every second, as my senses almost cannot keep up with the constant movement. There, we birders can observe hummingbirds up close and study behaviors or even get peaks at color flashes not always seen at a distance. I highly recommend this hummingbird garden as a “must see” for any bird watcher visiting Costa Rica.” – Laurie Marsell, Birdwatching Tour Operator, Florida

Here’s a crash course in Hummingbird trivia:

  • Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world
  • For their size, hummingbirds have the largest heart & brain of all animals
  • Hummingbirds have no sense of smell
  • Hummingbird wings beat around 60 times per second
  • Hummingbird hearts beat from 500 to 1,200 times per minute
  • Hummingbirds are only found in North, Central and South America
  • Hummingbirds visit 2,000 to 5,000 flowers a day
  • Hummingbirds can consume twice their weight daily
  • Their color is produced by refraction of light, not by pigment
  • Their average speed is 45 miles per hour
  • Their tongues are twice the length of their bills
  • In addition to nectar, hummingbirds eat insects for protein
  • Hummingbirds cannot walk, only perch
  • Hummingbirds fly only 20% of the time

Finally, for those of you looking to check a certain species off of your Birdwatching Life List, here’s a list of those you’ll find buzzing around our feeders (and possibly landing on your hands)!

English Common Name

Scientific Name

Spanish Common Name

Magenta-throated woodstar calliphlox bryantae colibrí magenta
Coppery headed emerald Elvira cupreiceps Esmeralda capirotada
Green thorntail discosura conversil rabudito verde
Volcano hummingbird selasphorous flammula colibrí volcanero
Scitillant hummingbird selasphorous scintillatha colibrí centleante
Strite throated hermit ethornis srriigunaris ermitaño gorgiestriada
Black bellied hummingbird eupherusa nigriventris colibrí ventinegro
Magnificent hummingbird eugenes fulgens colibrí magnifico
Violet sabrewing campylopterus hemileucurus colibrí morado
Purple-crowned fairy heliothryx barroti colibrí hada occidental
Green- fronted lancebill doryfera ludoviciae colibrí pico de lanza mayor
Green violet-ear colibrí thalassinus colibrí verdemar
Brow violet-ear colibrí delphinae colibrí pardo
Rufous-tailed hummingbird amazilia tzacatl amazilia rabirrufa
Purple-throated mountain-gem lampornis cablaema colibrí variable
Striped-tailed hummingbird eupherusa eximia colibrí colirrayado
White-bellied mountain-gem lampornis hemileucus colibrí gorgivioleta
Cinnamon hummingbird amazillia rutila amazillia canela
Fiery throated hummingbird panterpe insignis colibrí insigne
Green hermit phaethornis guy ermitaño verdemango
Green- breasted mango anthracothorax prevostii pechiverde
Bronze-tailed plumeleteer chalybura urochrysia colibrí patirojo
White-necked Jacobin florisuga mellivora colibrí nuquiblanco
Green- crowned brilliant heliodoxa jacula brillante coroniverde
Steenybeneed hummingbird amazilia saucerroppc

Pura Vida!