Those seeking a spot of color to punctuate the dark, dreary winter need look no further than this video of a Honduran Emerald hummingbird from the American Bird Conservancy.
“Named for its glittering blue-green throat and upper chest, the endangered Honduran Emerald is this country’s only endemic bird, and one of few birds endemic to any country in Central America,” the conservancy’s website says. “Unfortunately, 90 percent of the emerald’s original habitat has been lost to agriculture and degraded by cattle grazing, and what remains occurs only in isolated patches of a few acres each. This has caused precipitous declines in the bird’s population.”
In other words, like many of Mother Earth’s treasures, the Honduran Emerald’s survival may be in jeopardy. The slow motion in this clip of the gleaming bird’s foraging efforts brings an ethereal, haunting quality to the footage.
For more information on hummingbirds in general, public television made a documentary a few years ago on our flitting feathered friends. The entire 50-minute film can be seen at the PBS website.