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Eugenes fulgens

Magnificent Hummingbird

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Partida-Lara, Ruth, Paula L. Enríquez, and Phillip Howard

Eugenes fulgens

Savegre Mountain Lodge, Paraíso, Cartago, Costa Rica; 16 November 2009 © Carol Foil

Magnificent Hummingbird formerly was known as Rivoli's Hummingbird, in honor of the Duke of Rivoli). This large, long-bill hummingbird occurs in the highlands from the southwestern United States south to western Panama. Most populations are resident, but the species migrates south from the northern part of the range in the nonbreeding season, and even as far south as Costa Rica it may undertake seasonal elevational movements as well. The sexes are strikingly different in plumage, and there also is some geographic variation within Magnificent Hummingbird.

Recommended Citation

Partida-Lara, Ruth, Paula L. Enríquez, and Phillip Howard. 2013. Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens), 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.

  • Migration/Movement:Complex Migrant
  • Primary Habitat:Pine-Oak forest
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  • Diet:Nectar
  • Sociality:Solitary
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  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern