Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Amazilia yucatanensis

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BBEH

Code 6

AMAYUC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Buff-bellied Hummingbird has a large range of 400,000 square kilometers. This includes edge of subtropical and tropical forests in southern Texas, eastern and southern Mexico, and northern Guatemala and Belize. Individuals also disperse to coastal areas of Louisiana and Alabama. The Buff-bellied Hummingbird has a global population that may be as large as 5 million individual birds. Previously, this bird was rated as Lower Risk but that evaluation has since been downgraded to Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Buff-bellied Hummingbird: Medium-sized hummingbird with iridescent green upperparts, head, throat, and upper breast, and buff lower breast and belly. Slightly forked tail is dark chestnut-brown with cinnamon-brown undertail coverts. Bill is slightly decurved and red with a black tip.

 

Range and Habitat

Buff-bellied Hummingbird: Resident in extreme southeast Texas and along the Gulf Coast of Mexico to the Yucatan Peninsula. Their range extends into northern Belize and Guatemala. A few individuals winter along the Gulf Coast as far east as Florida. Preferred habitats include open woodlands, shrublands, scrubs, and citrus groves.

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Buff-bellied Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Buff-bellied Hummingbird A1

High-pitched calls given in flight.

Buff-bellied Hummingbird A2

Harsh chase calls.

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Voice Text

"siik", "chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Both male and female birds of any age aggressively defend feeding locations within their territories.
  • The Buff-bellied Hummingbird regularly disperses to the northeast from its breeding areas in south Texas. This northerly movement is unique among North American hummingbirds.
  • They have an amazing vocal repertoire which includes a complex song replete with trills and cascades as well as several distinctive call notes. The most familiar call is a chatter that sounds like electric static.
  • 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.

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Gary Owen Dick

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Samira Belous

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
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.
UnderpartsX

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

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