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A Hummingbird in Flight at Parque Paraiso, Cuenca

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

Hummingbirds were always a part of growing up, back in Nova Scotia. My parents had the kind of gardens (and feeders) that kept dozens of birds around all spring and summer.

Like most little girls, our daughter has always loved hummingbirds as well. She is always pointing them out in the parks around the city.

On a recent trip to Parque Paraiso (Paradise Park) in Cuenca, we noticed a tree full of small hummingbirds. Dena shot some video of them – and took some amazing photos.

See high resolution photo below the video.

Update (July 4, 2014): Thanks to Lisa Boice for identifying this as a Sparkling Violetear.

Do you like hummingbirds? What varieties have you seen in Ecuador?

Hummingbird in Flight: Cuenca Ecuador

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Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

10 comments… add one
  • James Skalski Mar 9, 2017, 12:08 pm

    Do Sparkling Violetear hummingbirds stay in Cuenca all year long?

  • Terrydarc Nov 14, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Let me add my rec for Mindo – we stayed at Sachatamia lodge and there were feeders all over the place – lots of other birds as well: Toucans, tanagers and the like. Here’s a link to some Mindo hummers taken in 2009.

  • David Diller Oct 24, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Hello Dena and Bryan,

    Nice video! You might be interested to know that your hummingbird is a Sparkling Violetear, one 130 species of the world’s 340 of hummingbird that occur in Ecuador. Try to get Ridgley’s and Greenfield’s book The Birds of Ecuador which will open your eyes to the incredible diversity of hummers and other birds of Ecuador, more species than all of US and Canada combined! Here is a link to some photos i took of a few hummers In Ecuador:

    Ps i am a Californian who used to live in Dartmouth , Nova Scotia, hoping to move to Ecuador in the near future
    to do volunteer ministry work and of course see more birds…

  • Gail Kilmer Oct 3, 2013, 10:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Dena,
    Your photography is stunning, I hope you are submitting this video to something like National Geographic and do include the high resolution shot.
    For many in our world it is rare to see such a beautiful specimen up close and personal! Thank you for the beautiful work.
    I’m no expert but neither are all those who will get to see and enjoy this.

  • Sarah Oct 2, 2013, 9:52 am

    We bought a hummingbird feeder at Mega Hierro and placed it on our balcony just off the dining room. Hummingbirds love it and we have constant traffic – even territorial fights — of gorgeous hummingbirds. It’s a source of delight to the eyes every day. We go through about 2 cups of sugar water (don’t even have to color it) ever 2 to 3 days.

    • Terrydarc Nov 14, 2013, 2:39 pm

      Thanks for the tips. I was wondering how a feeder would do in Cuenca.

      Here are a three tips for feeders from the pros.
      1. 1 part sugar (no honey and no food coloring) to 4 or 5 parts water
      2. Hang the feeder in the shade b/c it will ferment/sour in the sun
      3. You can protect the feeder with water or a bit of vaseline/grease on the chain/string from ants and other bugs.

  • Leigh Oct 1, 2013, 4:05 pm


  • Valentine Oct 1, 2013, 3:26 pm

    I love those hummingburd. We do have it during spring and summer time
    J espere en voir beaucoup au parc a Cuenca in november thank you
    Love it

  • Victoria McGinnis Oct 1, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Great video Dena. My favorite seen up in Mindo is the booted racket tail hummer.

  • Mom Oct 1, 2013, 1:56 pm

    Awesome! Love it! They are so beautiful. Great video, Dena.

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