There is a lot I love about this little Green Violet-ear Hummingbird. First it is tiny - only 4" long. Then it has those glowing colors - green with the violet splotch on the side of its head. And look at the tones in those tail feathers - they're gorgeous. Oh and what about the delicate filigree of its feathers (when you look close). The fine curve of its beak, with hints of nectar on it, is beautifully sculpted. Perhaps what makes this so special is that it chose to hover for a few seconds right in front of me. During that time its little wings were flapping at about 50 times per second (yes per second). Put it all together and there is a lot to like about this little hummer.
Seen in the highlands of Costa Rica near Los Quetzales National Park.