Photo: Hummingbird Pauses on a Pink Banana Bloom

Close up of a hummingbird standing on a flower
credit: Andreas Kay/Flickr

Our photo of the day comes from the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador. At first this photo by Andreas Kay, taken at the Las Cotingas Bird Reserve in 2017, seems to be all about the hummingbird; its flicker of iridescence, the curve of its bill, the motion of the wings. But then Kay's caption catches the eye: "Hummingbird on Pink Banana, Musa velutina." Pink banana? As in, "banana" banana? As in, banana you can eat? And a little sleuthing reveals that indeed, M. velutina appears to be a delicious, albeit seedy, sweet-fleshed banana. Leave it to an Ecuadorian cloudforest to harbor such beautiful delicacies ... not to mention the lovely creatures that frequent them. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.