White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

I took this photo of a White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) near Osoyoos, British Colombia, Canada. This photo was taken in September a few years ago and is of a first-winter bird, which is why it doesn’t yet have a white crown!

Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides)

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Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides)

I took this photo of a Rusty Flowerpiercer (Diglossa sittoides) in the grounds of the Pakaritampu hotel which is in the amazing Inca town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru. The strange hook on the tip of flowerpiercers bills has evolved to allow them to pierce through the base of flowers (hence their name!), to get at nectar which would otherwise be out of reach. Not surprisingly, hummingbirds consider this to be the worst form of cheating!