Esmeraldas Woodstar (Chaetocerus berlepschi)

With its striking colors and straight black bill, this 3-inch hummingbird makes up in vividness what it lacks in size — and recognition. Considered rare and uncommon, the Esmeraldas woodstar, whose call is a rapid-fire chit-cheet and chit-chit-cheet, became “range restricted” to two or three disjointed sites in western Ecuador, on the western slope of the Andes.


If you would like to see this little beauty in the wild, you need to fly to Ecuador which is in the northern South America zone for most frequent flier programs, the same as Peru.  Quito is served by LAN from the One World Alliance and Copa & TACA from Star Alliance.