Blue-throated Hummingbird

Lampornis clemenciae

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BTHH

Code 6

LAMCLE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-throated Hummingbird has a large breeding range of nearly 500,000 square kilometers. It occurs in eastern Arizona and parts of New Mexico and western Texas, and in the Mexican highlands south to Oaxaca. It prefers pine and oak habitats with climates that are tropical or subtropical. The global breeding population of this bird species is estimated at 2,000,000 individuals. The Blue-throated Hummingbird has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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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.

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Blue-throated Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Blue-throated Hummingbird B1

Sharp interaction calls near feeder.

Blue-throated Hummingbird B2

Flight rattles given in fight near feeder.

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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 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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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