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The Story of the Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird

It was just a little pipeline — going through the wetlands of Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia — where the bright green and blue Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird made its home among the mangroves.

But the1970’s pipeline ended up obstructing tidal flow and killing large sections of mangroves, which led to the endangered status of these hummingbirds. Neither has recovered and now there are only 50–250 Sapphire-bellied Hummingbirds left in the wild. Let’s learn from this and do better.

A beautiful, bright little bird, the Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird is not to be missed! Mostly because of its blue and green jewelled tone feathers that reflect the light. It enjoys feasting on the flowers of the tea mangrove (Pelliciera rhizophorae) and also the flowering legume, Erythrina fusca. Like many hummingbirds, it also eats small insects.

This mid-century style, old school poster design is meant to highlight the critically endangered hummingbird's story. If you want to share the story, check out the prints available here.

Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird Poster - copyright Crystal Smith
Sapphire-bellied Hummingbird Poster - copyright Crystal Smith

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