Jamaican Hummingbird ~ Part Two
The little Jamaican Mango hummingbird is endemic to Jamaica. He was a frequent visitor to the hibiscus bush below my balcony.
The warm sunny days along with bright colorful flowers, butterflies and birds were a treat during the coldest winter months, when I would usually be enjoying the snowy weather in New England.
My beloved resident hummers and other passerines here at Flower Hill Farm might blush from the subtle beauty of this delicate tropical hummingbird. The Jamaican Mango Hummingbird wears a wide, high, iridescent magenta collar around his cheeks and sides of his neck and his body plumage is dappled with dazzling shades of orange, blue green, and gold. You can miss these sparkles of color if not for the sun.
I am not sure what inspired this display. But when he opened his fan-like tail he charmed rather than frightened me away.
I understand this is a very territorial bird and he will do aerial flight displays to ward off other birds, hummingbird moths, and even larger bees from his preferred nectaring sites.
This little bird is also known as Black Hummingbird or Black Mango Hummingbird. They do have a black chin and appear black when flitting about the flowers on cloudy days. One sunny February day, while walking down to the sea for a swim, I was lucky to have captured the portrait above. I have more to share of my time in the tropical paradise of Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth Jamaica.