White-eared Hummingbird

Hylocharis leucotis

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

WEHU

Code 6

HYLLEU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The White-eared Hummingbird is a medium-sized hummingbird found mainly in pine oak forests. The preferred breeding habitat of this species is found in northern Mexico, New Mexico, Texas, Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Oriental, Cordillera Neovolcanican and southern Mexico and Nicaragua. Some are occasionally seen in the White Mountains, Mogollon Rim, Madrean sky islands, southern and western New Mexico and west Texas. Typical diets of the White-eared Hummingbird consist of nectar of flowers and tree buds via the long tongue, or insects caught during flight on the wings. The current conservation rating for the White-eared Hummingbird is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

White-eared Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird, iridescent green upperparts and throat, metallic violet head, black mask, white stripe with lower black border behind eye, and white belly. Bill is red with black tip. Feeds primarily on nectar. Direct, hovering flight with rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

White-eared Hummingbird: This species is a resident from Mexico south to Nicaragua. It is an irregular summer visitor and breeder in extreme southeastern Arizona and has occasionally been recorded in New Mexico and western Texas. Their preferred habitats include scrub habitats found in oak and pine forests.

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White-eared Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

White-eared Hummingbird N1

Song is a repeated "tink tink" or "chi-deet" series of notes.

White-eared Hummingbird FF1

Repeated "chip" calls.

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Voice Text

"tink-tink-tink"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The female White-eared Hummingbird lays 2 white eggs that measure 0.5 inches in length.
  • 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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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.
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