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White-eared Hummingbird

Scientific name: Hylocharis leucotis

Length: 4 inches (10.2 cm)

Identification: Most notable about both sexes of the white-eared hummingbird is the long white stripe behind its eye. Both have red bills with black tips. The male is green above and below, having a purple crown and a metallic blue-green chin, while the female is green above and whitish below spangled with golden green to turquoise green spots. The female also has a broad black stripe behind its eye.

Habitat and range: This hummingbird can be found in the mountain woodlands of southeastern Arizona, northwestern Mexico, and down to southern Central America.

FYI: A long, tubular tongue is used by the hummingbird to lap the nectar out of flowers, providing invaluable pollination when the pollen brushes onto the head of the hummingbird, then brushed onto the next flower. Forked at the end, the hummingbird's tongue curls together to form a kind of double trough to lap nectar into its mouth. Flying insects can easily be caught by the hummingbird in flight, as well as plucking them from flowers. Sources: "Hummingbird," The International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 1969, Vol. 9, p. 1136 and Donald F. Bruning, "Hummingbird," World Book Encyclopedia, 2005, Vol. 9, p. 433. Hummingbirds love to bathe. Flying down to pools of water and half immersing themselves, pressing against wet foliage or leaves, or landing in a vessel filled with only an inch of water, they will splash like a songbird, then fly up to an overhang to shake out and rearrange themselves. Source: Alexander F. Skutch, The Life of the Hummingbird (New York: Vineyard Books, Inc., 1973), p. 54.

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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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