Mystery hummingbird at Volcán, a report by Jack Doyle
Though the photos represent the bird they do not do justice to this hummer's "glittering" green throat that extended to the lower mandible but also exhibited white to either side of the green. As a prelude to this email I have been looking over online reference photos for both the White-throated Mountain-gem and Green-breasted Mountain-gem with none quite fitting this bird's color patterns.
[Odd indeed. If not for the green gorget I'd call it a Garden Emerald and call it a day, fide the facial pattern, forked tail and short, straightish bill. Maybe an aberrant young male just getting its green underparts? Although the white malar tufts are totally bizarre. Any ideas, anyone?]