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Blue-throated Hummingbird

Scientific name: Lampornis clemenciae

Length: 5 inches (13 cm)

Identification: Metallic-green from above and gray from below, the blue-throated hummingbird has a white stripe behind the eye -- or, some would describe it as a white stripe above and another below the eye. The male only has the blue throat (gorget) -- which may look black in poor light -- and white corners to its blue-black tail feathers. The female has white tips to its outer tail feathers and is similar in appearance to the female magnificent hummingbird, which has gray tips to its tail feathers.

Habitat and range: Observed along the border between the United States and Mexico, it nests usually near or over water in a mountain canyon.

FYI: The blue-throated hummingbird, like all hummingbirds, must supplement its protein diet of small insects with continual feeding on nectar and pollen. Not only can the hummingbird fly forwards or backwards, it can adjust itself upwards or downwards, shift side to side, pivot on a stationary axis, hover in midair, but it can also turn a somersault in mid-flight and fly upside-down. Source: Alexander F. Skutch, The Life of the Hummingbird (New York: Vineyard Books, Inc., 1973), pp. 26-27. The scent or perfume of the flower has been demonstrated by experiments with hummingbirds to have little to do with their detection of food. Source: "Hummingbird," The Audubon Nature Encyclopedia, 1965, Vol. 5, p. 895.

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Select a hummingbird by its name:
(in alphabetical order)

Allen's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird
Blue-throated Hummingbird


Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird


Broad-billed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird


Calliope Hummingbird


Costa's Hummingbird
Crimson Topaz Hummingbird


Long-tailed Hermit Hummingbird


Magnificent (Rivoli's) Hummingbird
Peruvian Sheartail Hummingbird   Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird   Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Rufous Hummingbird   Sword-billed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird   White-eared Hummingbird   Xantus' Hummingbird

Select a hummingbird's nest by its name: (in alphabetical order)

Allen's Hummingbird (nest) & another

Anna's Hummingbird (nest) & another

Bearded Helmetcrest Hummingbird (nest)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (nest) & another & with mother


Broad-billed Hummingbird (eggs only)


Buff-bellied Hummingbird (nest)
Calliope Hummingbird (nest)


Costa's Hummingbird (nest) & another & with mother


Fork-tailed Emerald Hummingbird (nest)
Giant Hummingbird (nest)


Glittering-bellied Emerald Hummingbird (nest)


Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Hummingbird (nest)
Purple-throated Sunangel Hummingbird (nest)   Ruby-throated Hummingbird (nest)   Rufous Hummingbird (nest) & with parents
Sappho Comet Hummingbird (nest)   Xantus' Hummingbird (nest)  

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