Green-crowned Brilliant 8562
Female Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird with a daisy. Photography based archival fine art print. © Image copyright registered by the maker.
The Green-crowned Brilliant is abundant and easy to see in the Central Valley mountains. We photographed this female in the mountains that surround San José.
It is a large hummingbird at about 5 inches. The white stripe below the eye helps distinguish it from similar females of other species. It ranges from Southwestern US to Panama, but the large form found in Costa Rica and Panama is sometimes considered a separate species. Its nest is a bulky cup of plant down and fine fibers, decorated on the outside with moss and lichen.