Mexican Violetear

Colibri thalassinus

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

GREV

Code 6

COLTHA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mexican Violetear has a large range, estimated globally at 800,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas, this bird prefers forest and shrubland ecosystems, though it has been known to live in plantations, rural gardens, and degraded former forests. The global population of this bird has not been estimated specifically but is thought to be large. There are no signs that the population is declining at a rate that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List, leaving the Mexican Violetear with a current evaluation level of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Mexican Violetear: Medium hummingbird, dark metallic green (appearing black in low light) with blue-violet cheek and breast patches. Wings have black primaries. Squared tail is blue-green with black band. Slightly decurved bill is black. Direct, hovering flight with rapid wing beats. Formerly called the Green Violetear, it has had its name changed to Mexican Violetear and has also been split by the American Ornithologist Union in 2016 into the Mexican Violetear and Lesser Violetear (out of North American range).

 

Range and Habitat

Mexican Violetear: Can be found in mountain forests, forest clearings, and forest edges; common from central Mexico southward into northern South America. Vagrants may show up almost anywhere, with numerous records from the southern, central, and eastern regions of the U.S., and as far north as Alberta and Ontario.

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Mexican Violetear SONGS AND CALLS

Mexican Violetear A1

Song is a sharp, high-pitched "tsu-tzeek".

Mexican Violetear A2

Call is a rapid "t'iiissk, t'iiissk, t'iiissk".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tsip-tsip", "t'iiiiissk, t'iiiiissk, t'iiiiissk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Mexican Violetear has a large violet central breast spot on the upper breast and a violet-blue band along the chin that often connects to the the violet-blue "ear," giving the bird its name.
  • This tropical species breeds from Mexico south to Bolivia and can be found at elevations as high as 13,000 feet.
  • 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

Samira Belous

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
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