Bumblebee Hummingbird

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Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BUHU

Code 6

ATTHEL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bumblebee Hummingbird has a fairly large range of nearly 300,000 square kilometers. It occurs in highland forest and edge habitats in Mexico, and there is also one documented record of this species from the United States. Although the global population of this species has not been estimated, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Bumblebee Hummingbird: One of the smallest hummingbirds at 2.75 inches with green upperparts, sides, and white underparts. The gorget is violet-red and the rounded tail is green with a rufous base. This bird can hover in a horizontal positon with it's tail cocked vertical as it feeds on nectar.

 

Range and Habitat

Bumblebee Hummingbird: Native to montane forests of Mexico. There are large populations in Cuba and the Isle of Pines. Smaller numbers live in Haiti and Jamaica, and they have also occasionally been sighted in the United States, in Arizona. Habitats include wooded areas in subtropical and tropical montane forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chip", "ssssssssiu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In Cuba it is called the "zunzuncito" or loosely translated, "little buzz buzz".
  • The Bumblebee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world and usually mistaken for an insect.
  • 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

Crystal Adams

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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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