The most common and most dominating hummingbird in Luck's yard. It is the Sombre Hummingbird, the only hummer in the genus Aphantochroa. Constantly on guard at all feeders during hummer season there which is peaking in September to February. Overall dull gray green uniformly. Does not have any reflective green tones. Never has any white in the squared off tail though the tips can be paler and it has relatively blunt tipped wings. The beak is black and moderately heavy and about the same length as the head. Note the small white triangle behind the eye. This is a large hummer, so don't be fooled at Luck's camera. This is 12 cm of hummer with no fancy tail feather length added. So it can take almost any other hummer off the nectar stations. The Saw-billed Hermit is much larger but is not dominant. The Swallow-tailed is huge with its tail but the body size is not much above this bird. Heavy male Mangos are approximately the same size.

The tail is dark as noted above and when fully fanned breaks into individual oval tipped feathers as you can see to the right. The other similar sized hummers don't have the same shaped feather tips in the tail. You can see the white eye mark here and the uniform color again. See also Luck's Multiply shot here.

This one is in Luck's lights and shows the eye mark boldly and the slight graying of the belly compared to the back. Note the flaring tailed male Violet-capped Woodnymph above. You can see its swallowtail and reflective colors in the lights here. Marcia Braga's shot.

The big Sombre can be dominating. In September, this species must defer to the increasing numbers of Mangos which are of nearly equal size. Three here. I am still trying for the four bird shot.

The Sombre in full side shot close up. You can see the eyemark and the big wings and tail. They often spread both while feeding to make a big square. A big hummer, as I said. Dwarfing our North American Ruby-throats. Marcia Braga's shot.

Sombres gathering on camera 2 as dusk approaches.

Sombre tail fan on on camera 2.