Lucifer Hummingbird

Calothorax lucifer

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

LUHU

Code 6

CALLUC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Lucifer Hummingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 340,000 square kilometers. Native to Mexico and the United States, this bird prefers forest, shrubland, and grassland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 50,000 to 500,000 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 Lucifer Hummingbird is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Lucifer Hummingbird: Small hummingbird, metallic green upperparts, head, sides, flared purple-red gorget (throat feathers) extending around sides of neck, white breast and belly. Tail is dark and deeply forked. Bill is long and decurved. Direct and hovering flight on rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Lucifer Hummingbird: This species is fairly common in the Big Bend region of Texas, rare to casual in scrublands, arid slopes, and canyons in southwest New Mexico and southeast Arizona. This bird spends its winters in inland areas of southern Mexico. Its referred habitats include arid slopes with agave and yucca.

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Lucifer Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Lucifer Hummingbird B1

Rapid series of "chip" calls from a male.

Lucifer Hummingbird U1

"Brrzhee" calls.

Similar Sounding

Allen's Hummingbird B1

Call is a buzzy chip note.


Voice Text

"chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Lucifer means “light-bearing” in Latin, so the name probably refers to the iridescent plumage of the Lucifer Hummingbird.
  • In the past this bird was captured to be stuffed and mounted or sold alive.
  • Males perch atop plants and launch into aerial displays lasting up to 45 seconds in an attempt to attract a mate.
  • A group of lucifer hummingbirds are collectively known as "an inferno 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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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
GorgetX
A small iridescent patch on the throat of a hummingbird.
UnderpartsX

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

Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X