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Amazilia beryllina

Berylline Hummingbird

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae

Authors: Arizmendi, M. C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, and C. Soberanes-González

Life History


It is a generalist species that visit flowers in all strata of forest and secondary vegetation product of fires. It has been recorded feeding on Agave macroacantha, Bouvardia terniflora, Calliandra grandiflora, C. longipedicellata, Cestrum sp, Cirsium jaliscoense, Fuchsia encliandra, Ipomoea hederifolia, I. orizabensis, Lobelia laxiflora, Malvaviscus arboreus, Manfreda brachystachia, Nicotiana glauca, Phaseolus coccineus, Psittacanthus ramiflorus, Salvia mexicana, S. iodantha, Stachys sp., and various species of epiphytes such as Tillandsia sp. Also consume insects.


It is a territorial species that defends their flower resources, even of larger hummingbirds in size. Consume insects caught on the fly.


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Sexual Behavior

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Social and interspecific behavior

As most of the hummingbirds, do not have a marked social behavior.


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Most of the reproductive traits are unknown. The female is responsible for the incubation and the nest building.

It reproduces between June and October. The nest is a cup located in horizontal branches to 1.5 m up, built using the plant material (leaves, fibers like cotton, pasture) woven with spider web, and decorate with pieces of lichens on the outside and with grass inside. Measure of external diameter and a depth between 40 - 50mm, 15mm internal diameter and 26 mm wide. Put 2 eggs. The chicks are covered in feathers 20 days after birth.

Populations and Demography

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Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, and C. Soberanes-González. 2010. Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: