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Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae


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Blue-throated Hummingbird
credit: Seabamirum/CCSA

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Family: Trochilidae, Hummingbirds view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has gray-green upperparts overall, darkest on tail (which has white tips to outer feathers) and with paler, bronze rump. Underparts appear gray for most of time, but stunning blue throat is revealed at certain angles. Note also the white stripe behind the eye, and white malar stripe. ADULT FEMALE Similar plumage overall, but gray throat lacks male's iridescence. JUVENILE Similar to adult female, but with buff fringes to many feathers; acquires adult characters by winter.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/2 -5" (11-13 cm)

Habitat Locally fairly common summer visitor (mainly May-Sep) to a restricted area of southeastern Arizona, where it favors shady wooded canyons comprising pine and oak; found in similar locations to Elegant Trogon and Painted Redstart. Winters in Central America.

Observation Tips Views are typically brief when seen in favored breeding habitat, but fortunately it frequently visits well-established canyon feeders and announces its presence with sharp calls.

Range Texas, Southwest

Voice Utters a high-pitched tseek, both in flight and when perched.

Discussion A giant among North American hummingbirds and the largest of its kind in North America. Plumage looks rather subdued overall in terms of color, but just occasionally male is transformed when iridescent throat catches the light at the right angle. Often seen at feeders alongside Magnificent when relatively shorter bill is noticeable. When hovering, relatively long tail is often fanned and looks rounded, and wingbeats are noticeably slower than with other, smaller hummingbirds. Sexes are dissimilar.