Magnificent Hummingbird

Eugenes fulgens

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

MAHU

Code 6

EUGFUL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Magnificent Hummingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 860,000 square kilometers. Native to Central America, Mexico, and the United States, this bird prefers subtropical and tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 500,000 to 5,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Magnificent Hummingbird is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Magnificent Hummingbird: Large hummingbird of Mexican highlands, occurs in limited areas of southwest U.S. Appears very dark green overall, in good light may show blue-green to green throat, purple forehead, gray vent, small but prominent white spot behind eye; tail is all dark. Black legs, feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Magnificent Hummingbird: Range on the edges of humid montane forests, pastures, open woodland and scrub of southwest United States and central America. Fairly common residents in the higher elevation mountains of Costa Rica. Found in canyons, pine-oak woodlands, and stream-sides. Winters in Mexico south to Panama.

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Magnificent Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Magnificent Hummingbird B2

Chatter calls given by a male during an interaction.

Magnificent Hummingbird B3

"Chip" notes are given by males, either perched or in flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tsik", "chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Magnificent Hummingbird males perch conspicuously and defend their feeding territories aggressively.
  • It flies more slowly than the smaller hummers, sometimes it will even glide. It is also more of an insect gleaner than other hummer species.
  • It is the second-largest hummingbird north of Mexico. Only the Blue-throated Hummingbird is larger.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
GorgetX
A small iridescent patch on the throat of a hummingbird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X