Giant Hummingbird

Patagona gigas

The Giant Hummingbird belongs to the Trochilidae family. It is the largest hummingbird in the world, with its size compensating for rather drab plumage. There is no similar species. Its plumage is drab greenish above with a big whitish rump patch and dingy below with variable rusty tones and dusky spotting.

This species favors rather open and dry habitats from matorral and gardens to Andean scrub. It often perches conspicuously atop bushes or on roadside wires. Its flight is slow with powerful wingbeats, often hovering in jerky manner and chasing insects. Loud sharp calls can draw its attention. You can see it on our luxury bird watching tours of Peru.

Source: ebird

Photo: Alfredo Cornejo