Azure-crowned Hummingbird Amazilia cyanocephala

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Tom Johnson, and Thomas S. Schulenberg



Very little detailed information. Azure-crowned Hummingbird forages and perches from the understory to the canopy. Howell (1972) described these hummingbirds, in the pine savannas of northeastern Nicaragua, "hovering around clusters of pine needles [and] before bark crevices", where they may have been searching for arthropods, as well as visiting flowers, including of epiphytes.


Little information. Sometimes Azure-crowned Hummingbirds are territorial, but depending on the abundance and availability of resources, these hummingbirds also may follow foraging routes.

Sexual Behavior

Little information. Azure-crowned Hummingbird presumably is polygynous, as are most if not all species of hummingbirds (Schuchmann 1999: 509).

Social and interspecific behavior

Azure-crowned Hummingbird usually is solitary, as is typical of hummingbirds, but may aggregate at flowering trees (Howell and Webb 1995).


No documented reports of predation on Azure-crowned Hummingbird?

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, T. Johnson, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Azure-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia cyanocephala), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.