The Hummingbirds of Folha Seca



Tucked away inside a rare remnant patch of Brazil’s critically threatened Atlantic rainforests is a slice of paradise called Folha Seca (meaning “dry leaf”). Here Mr Jonas Dabronzo, as kind and intelligent a gentleman as you would ever wish to meet, owns a secluded home that has become a Mecca for hummingbirds and a myriad of other avian gems.

Mr Jonas religiously feeds his flock of hummingbirds that hover around his porch and an incredible 22 species have been attracted to this haven. A visit usually reveals around 10 species and this blogpost is a celebration to some of these amazing birds that frequent Mr Jonas’ feeders. Even more amazing than the hummingbird diversity is the incredible volume of individuals that buzz around the porch and garden.

Folha Seca is situated near Ubatuba between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero and if you plan to visit, please contact Mr Jonas in advance to ensure the timing is not inconvenient for him. Mr Jonas does not charge for visits but a donation of a few bags of sugar is always welcome as the hummingbirds consume a vast volume! Mr Jonas can be contacted by emailing [email protected] or calling him on (12) 38482587.

Black Jacobin by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

The Black Jacobin is one of the commoner hummingbirds of the Atlantic rainforests, ranging from northern Argentina into Brazil. Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Black Jacobin by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A Black Jacobin in flight.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Brazilian Ruby by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

The Brazilian Ruby is an absolute stunner and endemic to south-eastern Brazil.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Brazilian Ruby by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A Brazilian Ruby’s glittering throat can only be appreciated when viewed at the correct angle.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Swallow-tailed Hummingbird by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

The Swallow-tailed Hummingbird is one of Brazil’s largest species.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Sombre Hummingbird by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

The Sombre Hummingbird is another endemic of south-eastern Brazil’s Atlantic rainforests.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Saw-billed Hermit by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Also endemic is arguably the most attractive of all the hermits, the unusual and endemic Saw-billed Hermit.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

White-vented Violet-ear by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

As can be seen from this image, the White-vented Violetear is aptly named!Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Violet-capped Woodnymph by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A hovering Violet-capped Woodnymph.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Black-throated Mango male by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A male Black-throated Mango, one of South America’s more widespread hummingbird species.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Black-throated Mango female by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

The female Black-throated Mango is quite distinctive.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Versicoloured Emerald by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A Versicoloured Emerald, although not as brilliantly adorned as other hummers, makes up for it with its subtle patterning.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Versicoloured Emerald by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A Versicoloured Emerald about to enjoy a scratch.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Glittering-throated Emerald by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A Glittering-throated Emerald aptly poses with a folha seca (dry leaf) at Folha Seca!Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Glittering-throated Emerald by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

A Glittering-throated Emerald foraging.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Festive Coquette by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Everyone’s favourite at Folha Seca, adorable and miniscule, Festive Coquette’s are incredibly habituated and regularly buzz around one’s ears, a magical experience!Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Festive Coquette by Adam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

The tiny Festive Coquette in flight.Image byAdam Riley/Rockjumper Birding Tours

Adam Riley

Adam Riley

Adam Riley was raised in a rural region of South Africa and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is the founder of Rockjumper Birding Tours, ORYX Worldwide Photographic Safaris, ORYX Worldwide Wildlife Safaris and Tau Anthropological Safaris. Adam leads tours to numerous countries ranging from Colombia to Egypt and Angola to Papua New Guinea. He is one of Africa’s most experienced birders, having seen over 2,000 species on the continent as well as 7,000 species worldwide.

Adam Riley

Adam Riley

Adam Riley was raised in a rural region of South Africa and is qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He is the founder of Rockjumper Birding Tours, ORYX Worldwide Photographic Safaris, ORYX Worldwide Wildlife Safaris and Tau Anthropological Safaris. Adam leads tours to numerous countries ranging from Colombia to Egypt and Angola to Papua New Guinea. He is one of Africa’s most experienced birders, having seen over 2,000 species on the continent as well as 7,000 species worldwide.

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Manny Alvarez
Manny Alvarez

Fantastic photos. Very enjoyable.My favorite was the Saw-billed Hermit.