Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Amazilia yucatanensis

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BBEH

Code 6

AMAYUC

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2



Incubation Days:

14



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In large shrub or small tree.



Nest Material:

Plant fibers, fine stems, shreds of bark, and spiderwebs.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

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. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Buff-bellied Hummingbird: Two white eggs are laid in a nest made of plant fibers, fine stems, shreds of bark, and spider webs, lined with plant down, and covered outside with lichens and flower petals. Female incubates eggs for about 14 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Buff-bellied Hummingbird: Feeds primarily on nectar but takes some insects.

Vocalization

Buff-bellied Hummingbird: Call is a high-pitched, repeated "siik"; also gives a hard 'chip."

Similar Species

Buff-bellied Hummingbird: Rufous Hummingbird has a straight black bill and lacks green head and breast.

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