Very aggressive, males defend sizable patches of flowers, constantly getting involved in swift chases through canopy and open air space, females are however more than welcome to feed on their precious flowers. Actively nectars and flycatches at forest canopy, descends to shrub level at forest edge, forages through adjacent second growth, and ventures into adjacent semi-open and open fields with scattered flowering shrubs and trees. Visits flowers of several Bromeliaceae, Ericacea, Gesneraceae, Centropogon, Bomarea, Fucshia, among many others. Long tubular flowers might be punctured at base by the Fiery-throated Hummingbird to extract nectar, or might take advantage of the holes already pierced by Slaty Flowerpiercers or bumblebees.
Easily tracked by sound, this hummingbird is quite vocal when feeding, and even louder and more obvious when altered by a Costa Rican Pigmy-Owl, which it fearlessly harasses. ParaÍso del Quetzal Lodge on Km 70 and the old La Georgina Restaurant on km 95 of The Panamerican Highway South (Route 2) are the best sites to easily appreciate this species, the first one with best conditions for photography.
Fiery throatedhummingbirdcosta ricatalamancaendemic