Giant Hummingbird

Patagona gigas

The Giant Hummingbird is a member of the Trochilidae family and is the largest hummingbird in the world. Although it has plain plumage, it stands out due to its size. It has greenish feathers on its upperparts and a large whitish patch on its rump. Its underparts are dull with rusty tones and dark spots.

This species is often found in dry and open habitats, including gardens, matorral, and Andean scrub. It is known to perch on bushes or wires and has a slow flight with powerful wingbeats. It can also hover and chase insects while emitting loud, sharp calls. You can spot this species on our luxury bird watching tours in Peru.

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo