Berylline Hummingbird is quite common in and around upland forests of
Mexico, but wasn't found in the United States until the 1960s. The
species has been found occasionally since then, most often in the mountain
canyons of Arizona, but also in New Mexico and Texas. They are closely
related to the Buff-bellied Hummingbird, but the grey belly and
rufous-colored wings set it apart from that species.
Habitat: Berylline Hummingbirds are typically found
mountain forests and canyon forests. Those found in Arizona have
typically been found in mountain canyons. In Mexico, they are also
found on forested slopes of mountains, lower slopes, and adjacent brushy
Diet: Typical diet of Hummingbirds, feeding
heavily on nectar. Insects can comprise a large portion of the diet.
Behavior: Berylline Hummingbirds are relatively
aggressive, like other hummingbirds, and will defend a small feeding
territory from intruders.
Nesting: Nesting can occur at a wide variety of
heights, although nests are often found below 10 feet. Those few that
have been found nesting in Arizona higher up in sycamore trees. The
nest is made of plant fibers woven together with spider webs, with lichens
decorating the outside of the nest, and typically with grasses or other
plant material to line the inside of the nest.
Song: Song of the Berylline Hummingbird is a
squeaky, crackly series of notes.
Migration: Most birds are non-migratory.
Strays to the U.S. typically show up in the summer months. Birds in
higher-elevation portions of its Mexican range may move to lower elevations
in the winter.
Feeders: Will attend hummingbird feeders
Conservation Status: The species is still common
and widespread throughout its normal Mexican range. However, it may be
locally susceptible to habitat loss where forest clearing is occuring.
Image Information: August 2010 - Taken in Mexico -
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