Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Amazilia violiceps

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

VCHU

Code 6

AMAVIO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Violet-crowned Hummingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 560,000 square kilometers. Native to Guatemala, the United States, and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical shrubland or forest ecosystems though it can reside on plantations or in rural and urban areas. 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 Violet-crowned Hummingbird is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Violet-crowned Hummingbird: Medium-sized hummingbird with iridescent bronze-green upperparts and white underparts. Cap is purple-blue; throat is white and lacks gorget feathers. The bill is bright red with black tip. Feeds on nectar and insects. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Violet-crowned Hummingbird: This species breeds from southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico south into central Mexico. Northernmost birds migrate south into Mexico during winters. This is typically a mountain-dwelling species, and its preferred habitats include canyons, arid scrub, and streamside growth.

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Violet-crowned Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Violet-crowned Hummingbird Z1

"Chap" calls made at dawn.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird XX1

Song is a series of thin, high-pitched "seer" notes that descend in pitch.

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Voice Text

"ts-ts-ts-ts", "chips-chips-chips-chips"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Violet-crowned Hummingbird bird is the only American hummingbird lacking a brightly colored gorget.
  • This hummingbird is commonly found in stands of sycamore and cottonwood trees along streams in desert canyons.
  • 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.
CapX
The area on top of the head 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