Blue-throated Hummingbird

Lampornis clemenciae

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BTHH

Code 6

LAMCLE

ITIS

  • wgba_banner
  • ibird_banner
  • journal_banner
1 2 3

ILLUSTRATION

ask community
Copyright © 2004 - 2014 Mitch Waite Group

PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-throated Hummingbird has a large range reaching up to 500,000 square kilometers. It is native to the United States and Mexico and prefers forest habitats with climates that are tropical or subtropical and moist. The global population of the bird is estimated to be 500,000 to 5,000,000 individuals. While the population trends have not been exactly determined, the bird is not believed to meet population decline criteria for inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The Blue-throated Hummingbird currently has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Blue-throated Hummingbird: Large hummingbird with bronze-green upperparts, bronze-brown rump, brilliant purple-blue throat, gray underparts. Tail is dark, occasionally washed with blue-black, and has white corners. Feeds on nectar and insects. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Blue-throated Hummingbird: Limited distribution. Breeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, and western Texas to southern Mexico. Northern birds winter in the southern part of their range. Preferred habitats include pine-oak forests, usually near water; comes down to lower elevations during winter months.

whatbird search for your browser

SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"seep-seep-seep-seep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Blue-throated Hummingbird is about three times heavier than the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
  • Unlike most North American hummingbirds, they do not have an aerial display. Instead, the male uses several different vocalizations to defend its territory and attract mates.
  • Up to three broods per year are possible under ideal conditions; the female usually builds each new nest atop the previous nest, leading to nest "towers" at traditional nest sites.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Blue-throated Hummingbird

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

.
UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
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