Berylline Hummingbird

Amazilia beryllina

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BEHU

Code 6

AMABER

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Berylline Hummingbird has a range of more than 600,000 square kilometers in western and southern Mexico, and northern Central America. It is also regularly seen in southern Arizona, and has an estimated population of 5 million individuals. Within the last few years there has not been any evidence that the population of the Berylline Hummingbird is in danger of decreasing. Therefore, the Berylline Hummingbird has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Berylline Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird, glittering green back, head, nape, throat, and breast. Wings and tail are rufous. Bill is black; lower mandible has red base. Undertail coverts are cinnamon-brown. Feeds on nectar and insects. Direct and hovering flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Berylline Hummingbird: Endemic to the southern and western Mexican foothills and highlands; occurs in extreme southeastern Arizona as a vagrant, where it occasionally breeds. Inhabits oak and pine woodlands and edges, oak scrub and clearings, plantations; in U.S., forested canyons of desert mountains.

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Berylline Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Berylline Hummingbird H1

Raspy "dzzzrrt" calls from a pair.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"sirr, kirr-I-rr, kirr-I-rr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Some sources list them as an accidental species, since its members apparently do not breed regularly in the US.
  • The Berylline Hummingbird is among the rarer of southeastern Arizona's hummingbird strays, and is much sought after by visiting birders.
  • They are most likely to be seen at hummingbird feeders in wooded mountain canyons, such as Madera Canyon or in the Huachuca or Chiricahua mountains.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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