Centro Colibrí Gorriazul

Welcome to Colibrí Gorriazul Research Center, named for the endemic Indigo-capped hummingbird (Amazilia cyanifrons), that is only found in Colombia. Our farm is both a working shade-grown coffee farm and a hummingbird garden, located in the hills above Fusagasaguá, Colombia.

A large group of biologists coordinated by Alejandro Rico-Guevara and Kristiina Hurme study hummingbirds at the        Centro de Investigación Colibrí Gorriazul.

Originally a bird-friendly coffee farm, we started attracting more hummingbirds for our research, and word got around! We now have 100s of hummingbirds at the feeders and gardens, with over 11 species visiting regularly.

We study their feeding, fighting, communication, learning, vision

Juvenile male Black-throated Mango (Anthracothorax nigricollis) cycling his tongue after feeding from a flower.

and other behaviors by slowly habituating them to new feeders, cameras, etc. All of our subjects participate voluntarily! Needless to say, they are not camera shy! 

We are located at 1700 m.a.s.l., halfway up the western slope of the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes. Not only do we enjoy a mild climate, we are visited by many species as they migrate up and down the mountains.

A tiny male Red-billed Emerald (Chlorostilbon gibsoni) feeding from the native marmalade bush.

Check out the wildlife            Come visit for the day

we have seen on the farm!                          or stay overnight!

Here are some of the hummingbirds you can meet at our farm!

This Brown Violetear (Colibri deliphinae) is quite fiesty, and flares its purple ears while fighting over food and perches!

Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds (Amazilia tzacatl) and Indigo-capped Hummingbirds are the most numerous on our farm!

A rare, but beautiful visitor! An Andean Emerald (Amazilia franciae).

A tiny treat! A female White-bellied Woodstar (Chaetocercus mulsant).

The loud and flamboyant fighter, the Sparkling Violetear (Colibri coruscans).

What a bill! A Green Hermit (Phaethornis guy) feeding from a lobster claw flower (Heliconia rostrata).

While in Colombia, be sure to visit the Observatorio de Colibries!                

At 3000m, you can see many Andean species, such as the Sword-billed


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Website design by Kristiina Hurme, 2015. All photos are property of Alejandro Rico-Guevara & Kristiina Hurme.