Male White-Necked Jacobin Hummingbird

white-necked jacobinThis is a male white-necked Jacobin hummingbird caught sitting still in Gamboa near a feeder at the tram.  In addition to their beautiful color they are most remarkable is their power of flight, including stationary hovering and backward flight with extraordinary starting and stopping.  They beat their wings incredibly fast.  The bill is relatively short and straight.  It feeds on nectar, small insects and spiders.