If you like Hummingbirds, you will definitely like Colombia.

Colombia its a remarkable country for Birding and Wildlife photography, but its especially good if you are after hummingbirds.

With 73 endemic bird species, 8 of which are hummingbirds.
Ranging from little hummingbirds with nests the size of a thimble to long-tailed wonders, with names as colorful as the birds themselves, like Tourmaline Sunangel, Violet-tailed Sylph, Shining Sunbeam and Rainbow-bearded Thornbill. You can find hummingbirds everywhere, in national parks, botanical gardens, eco-lodges and private yards.

It’s remarkable how species like the Green-bearded Helmetcrest (Oxypogon guerinii) can be found at Paramo above the 4500 meter where temperatures can drop below freezing point, and the air is very thin. Since its hard to breathe at those elevations, these hummingbirds will not fly as much and will instead hop from flower to flower, searching for small insects.

With Fundación Rapaces de Costa Rica we decided to explore a small part of the territory, and we travel the country between the cities of Pereria, Manizales, Cali, and Medellin. These brought us through Paramo, Cloud forests, Rainforests and everything in between, with endless photography opportunities along the way

In this story, you can find images of some of Colombia’s most beautiful species of Hummingbirds. But you should really go out there and see this in person.

In the words of Ibn Battuta

The experience will leave you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Chris Jimenez – TakeMeToTheWild

A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening, from flower to flower he flies.

John B. Tabb


Colombia Wild, Hummingbirds galore.

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The photography gear used in this story. Click on the items for more details.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II VC HLD

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM


Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Yongnuo YN 560 III

Gitzo GT0532 Mountaineer Tripod

MindShift BackLight 26L Backpack

Wimberley WH-200 Wimberley Gimbal Head II


Pereira, Manizales, Cali and Medellin are great locations for hummingbird photography, with lots of national parks and reserves.

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