Magnificent (Rivoli's) Hummingbird
Scientific name: Eugenes fulgens
Length: 5 inches (12.7 cm)
Identification: One of the largest hummingbirds in the United States, the
magnificent hummingbird has a long tail. The male is green above and black below,
having a metallic purple crown and forehead and an iridescent green gorget (throat).
Olive green above and gray below, the female has a lightly streaked throat and its
outer tail feathers are pearly gray.
Habitat and range: It is found in the United States in southeastern Arizona,
southwestern New Mexico, and western Texas. The magnificent hummingbird winters in
FYI: The magnificent hummingbird was formerly known as the refulgent hummingbird
or Rivoli's hummingbird -- named after M. Massena, the Duke of Rivoli, in 1829 by
French naturalist, Rene P. Lesson, because of its royal appearance. Source: Birds
and Nature Those interested in viewing hummingbirds,
southeastern Arizona during the spring or fall migration may host most of the 14
species of hummingbirds that are found in North America. Costa Rica and the Amazon
Rainforest would be some of the best places for hummingbird watching for those able
to make the trip. Source: Richmond Audubon Society
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