Xantus's Hummingbird

Hylocharis xantusii

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

XAHU

Code 6

HYLXAN

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Xantus's Hummingbird has a limited range reaching up to generally 42,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in Mexico and the United States, and with a vagrant population in Canada. This species appears in forests and shrublands as well as arable regions, and can be found in both tropicl and subtropical environments.The global population of this species has not been quantified, but it is referred to as “frequent” in portions of its range. Due to this, population trends for the Xantus's Hummingbird have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Xantus's Hummingbird: Small hummingbird with glittering green upperparts, head, throat, and breast, black face with distinct white stripe behind eye, and cinnamon-brown belly. Squared tail is rufous. Feeds on nectar and insects. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Xantus's Hummingbird: Rare to accidental in southern half of the peninsula of Baja California. Normally found in Mexico (Purissima south to San Jose del Cabo). Has been documented in southern California and British Columbia. Preferred habitats include arid to semiarid scrub, open brushy forests, and gardens.

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Xantus's Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Xantus's Hummingbird B1

"Chi-tiik" calls given in flight.

Xantus's Hummingbird B2

"Turrr, turrr" calls given by a female in flight.

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Voice Text

"tink, tink, tink", "chi-tiik"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Xantus's Hummingbird was named after John Xantus de Vesey, a Hungarian zoologist.
  • It has been recorded as a vagrant up the Pacific coast of North America to British Columbia in Canada.
  • 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

Irina Rud-Volga

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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.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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