photograph of hummingbirds in ecuador
Brown Violetear Hummingbird


Are you a birder? Have you been to Ecuador? Ecuador is the paradise for any Birder and the most compelling platform for not only bird watching but also photography. Well, let’s take a peek at some of the Hummingbirds in Ecuador and you will be blown away!

Ecuador’s Hummingbirds

Ecuador has some of the most captivating birds on the planet. Areas like the Mindo Valley is considered one of the most biodiverse places on earth. The country can be visited for birding as a part time recreational activity one that escalates into a permanent hobby. If you love bird photography as well, this is the place to be as there are exceptional opportunities for photography. We have picked out 5 of the Hummingbird species that we consider the most beautiful in Ecuador and can be found on any tour, whether you do it yourself or decide to join a planned tour. We consider the Fawn-breasted Brilliant, the Violet-tailed Sylph, the Empress Brilliant, the Sparkling Violetear and the Brown Violetear.

Fawn-Breasted Brilliant

The Fawn-breasted Brilliant has a small pink throat which is smaller in the females. It is in most cases, cinnamon below and is of medium size. They are a species with a proud sense of a solitary existence and are sometimes in the shaded areas of the forest borders or open habitats.

Violet-Tailed Sylph

The Violet-tailed Sylph, as the name clearly suggests, has a long violet tail, and the males have a purple tail with blue tips. With all this color the beauty of Ecuador’s hummingbirds goes without saying. The females, however, have a very short tail and are nothing like the males, in fact, you would think the male is the female based on common human belief, the distinction of male to female!

Empress Brilliant

Another beautiful hummingbird with the most elegant of names is the Empress Brilliant. It has a slightly long tail and a golden green belly which is also glittering. They are always buzzing around tubular flowers from which they sip nectar regularly. They are a beautiful species that would give a high mark of beauty in photography at Ecuador. At a feeder, however, it is the bird without a guarantee of turning up. It is unpredictable.

Sparkling Violetear

The Sparkling Violetear is large and aggressive. They may be confused with the Green Violetear but then the Sparkling Violetear is larger. It is highly distributed and found in wide ranges as it is a migrator compared to the green violetear, they appear more.

Brown Violetear

The Brown Violetear, which is not as brightly colored as the other hummers, is all brown this factor makes it a distinctive hummingbird. They are often at hummingbird feeders and during breeding seasons, the males would gather and sing their sharp tunes.

Take a trip to Ecuador’s Mindo Valley or the Andes and stay at one of the many top notch lodges around. You will be pleasantly surprised at the number of species you will find which are quite easy to photograph.