Lucifer hummingbird

The Lucifer Hummingbird is distributed to deserts and arid areas with agave plants in the southwestern United States, from southwest Texas, extreme southwestern New Mexico to extreme southeastern Arizona, and in central and north Mexico. It is also found in the Madrean sky islands of the northern end of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico.

The Lucifer hummingbird is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Lucifer Hummingbird breeds primarily on the arid plateau and mountain slopes of central and northern Mexico, barely entering the United States to breed in west Texas, southwest New Mexico, and southeast Arizona. Most wintering birds are found at middle elevations of central Mexico. The species uses a wide elevational range throughout the year, but breeding is restricted to dry, open habitats. Over most of its range, little is known about this species’ abundance or migrations. More

The Lucifer Hummingbird, Calothorax lucifer is a medium-sized, up to 10cm long, green hummingbird with long decurved bill, small wings and white streak behind eye. The male has an iridescent plumage, forked dark tail, green crown, long magenta gorget and white underparts. The female is larger than male with duller plumage, pale throat and buff below. More

Lucifer Hummingbird: Song is a high squeaky and twittering "chip." Similar Species Lucifer Hummingbird: Black-chinned Hummingbird has black face, straight black bill, short, notched tail, and lacks white stripe behind eye. Costa's Hummingbird has purple crown, head, and throat, straight bill, and short, rounded tail. . Home | Search | Browser | Expert | Forum | Store | My Whatbird | Help | Site Map © 2002 - 2007 www.whatbird. More

Lucifer Hummingbird: Fairly common in the Big Bend area of Texas, rare to casual in scrublands, arid slopes, and canyons in southwest New Mexico and southeast Arizona. Spends winters in Mexico. Preferred habitats include arid slopes with agave and yucca. More

Lucifer Hummingbird Range MapView dynamic map of eBird sightings Field MarksHelp - * Adult malePopOutZoom In Adult male * © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Portal , Arizona, April 2000 Similar Species - * Female Costa's Hummingbird and Black-chinned Hummingbird similar (especially if More

The Lucifer Hummingbird, a medium-sized member of the hummingbird family, has a distinctly decurved bill. Their numbers in any area correspond directly to rainfall and flowering times of desert plants. Due to its high metabolism, the Lucifer Hummingbird must eat constantly, feasting on nectar and insects, giving it energy for flapping its wings at incredible speeds. More

Lucifer hummingbirds generally breed late in the year during dry seasons, often producing two broods of young Lucifer hummingbrids during rainy years. To begin the courtship, male Lucifer hummingbirds perch atop plants and launch into a dramatic aerial display to court female Lucifer hummingbirds. Female Lucifer hummingbirds incubate their eggs for 15 days, and the little fledgling Lucifer hummingbirds leave the nest after 19-23 days to face the world. Birdfeeders. More

Lucifer Hummingbird is a difficult to find desert species in southernmost Arizona and part of Big Bend N.P in Texas. More

Bent Life History for the Lucifer Hummingbird - the common name and sub-species reflect the nomenclature in use at the time the description was written. LUCIFER HUMMINGBIRD CALOTRORAX LUCIFER (Swainson) HABITS This brilliant little hummer, with its deeply forked gorget of a vivid violet-purple, changing to reddish purple or blue in different lights, is only rarely found across our southwestern border in Arizona and western Texas. More

Lucifer Hummingbird is primarily a Mexican species with a small overall population size and distribution. In New Mexico, small numbers breed regularly only in the Peloncillo Mountains of Hidalgo County. More

LuciferView galleryThe Lucifer Hummingbird (Calothorax lucifer) has a very distinctive shape with a decurve bill and a long, deeply forked tail. Big Bend National Park in west Texas is where you want to go to see one in the U.S. but finding one in this vast wilderness will be challenging. Lucifer means "light bearer" in Greek. KEY CHARCTERISTICS This is a small hummingbird with short wings, long tail and a long, black decurved bill. More

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Order : Apodiformes
Family : Trochilidae
Genus : Calothorax
Species : lucifer
Authority : (Swainson, 1827)