The Speckled hummingbird is a tiny brownish hummingbird with a black cheek and a pale buffy eyebrow. Its throat is speckled to varying degrees, depending on the population. It has a green back and a dark tail with buffy corners. Although the face pattern might resemble that of a hermit, its small size, straight dark bill, and squared tail distinguish it from other birds. The species is common in the Andes and is found from 1,000 to 3,000 meters, where it feeds low in the forest or at the forest edge. It frequently visits feeders.
This species can be observed during our bird photography trips in Chocó Andino in Ecuador.