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Amazilia beryllina

Berylline Hummingbird

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae

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

Amazilia beryllina

Mexico; 20 June 2012 © Erika Velazquez

This medium-sized hummingbird is found in the foothills and highlands in habitats including oak and pine-oak forests, forest edges, scrub, clearings with trees, thorn forests, and suburban gardens. During the breeding season, there is extensive variation in the height placement of nests by different pairs. Berylline Hummingbirds frequently gather in the tops of flowering trees with other hummingbirds where they demonstrate their dominance. Their rufous wing patches help distinguish them from Buff-bellied Hummingbirds (Amazilia yucatanensis) and Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds (Amazilia tzacatl).

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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:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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