Plain-capped Starthroat

Heliomaster constantii

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

PCST

Code 6

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Plain-capped Starthroat has a large range, estimated globally at 530,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Mexico as well as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical forest and shrubland ecosystems, dry savannas, and even plantation land. The global population of this bird has not been precisely determined but does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Plain-capped Starthroat is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Plain-capped Starthroat: Medium-sized hummingbird with iridescent bronze-green upperparts and head, red throat, white face interrupted by black eyestripe, and pale gray underparts. Slightly notched tail is bronze-green with white-tipped black terminal band. Direct and hovering flight.

 

Range and Habitat

Plain-capped Starthroat: This species is a casual to rare visitor to the U.S., only in extreme southeast Arizona; it is a common resident in Mexico along the Pacific Coast and areas inland. Its preferred habitats include tropical deciduous forests, cottonwood-willow streamside forests, and oak woodlands.

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Plain-capped Starthroat SONGS AND CALLS

Plain-capped Starthroat A1

Sharp "tseek" calls from a bird mobbing an owl.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chip", "peeek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Plain-capped Starthroatstrays casually to southern Arizona in summer and early fall, chiefly to elevations between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.
  • While birders most often find them at feeders, this species prefers hawking insects to taking nectar.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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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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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Terminal bandX
Refers to the contrasting stripe at the tip of the tail.
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