The fiery-throated hummingbird (Panterpe insignis) is a medium-sized hummingbird which breeds only in the mountains of Costa Rica and western Panama. It is the only member of the genus Panterpe.

This is a common to abundant bird of montane forest canopy above 1400 m, and also occurs in scrub at the woodland edges and clearings.

This bird is 11 cm long and weighs 5.7 g. It has a straight black bill and dusky feet.

The adult fiery-throated hummingbird has shiny green body plumage, a blue tail, and a white spot behind the eye. It often looks dark, but when the light catches it at the right angle, it shows a brilliant blue crown, yellow-bordered bright orange throat, and blue chest patch. The sexes are similar, but young birds have rufous fringes to the head plumage. The call is a high-pitched twittering.

The female fiery-throated hummingbird is entirely responsible for nest building and incubation. She lays two white eggs in a bulky plant-fibre cup nest 2–4 m high at the end of a descending bamboo stem or on a rootlet under a bank. Incubation takes 15–19 days, and fledging another 20-26.



The food of this species is nectar, taken from a variety of small flowers, including epiphytic Ericaceae and bromeliads. Like other hummingbirds it also takes small insects as an essential source of protein. Male fiery-throated hummingbirds defend flowers and scrubs in their feeding territories, and are dominant over most other hummingbirds. They will, however, allow females to share their food resources.



Fiery-throated Hummingbird
Date Location Count
2020-07-07 07:49Road to PN Volcán Poás1
2020-07-21 09:26Zona Protectora El Chayote1
2020-08-02 10:39PN Volcán Irazú3
2020-07-24 08:39Paraiso Quetzal Lodge - Km 705
2020-07-30 10:59Cerro de La Muerte--km 70, Mirador de Quetzales4
2020-07-11 19:52Iyok Ami7
2020-07-30 07:24PN Los Quetzales2
2020-07-21 07:11PN Los Quetzales--KM 76, Providencia road1
2020-07-12 07:00San Gerardo de Dota--Quetzal Valley
2020-07-11 14:20San Gerardo de Dota2