Beautiful Hummingbird Calothorax pulcher

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


Distribution of the Beautiful Hummingbird
eBird range map for Beautiful Hummingbird

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

Beautiful Hummingbird is restricted to south central Mexico. It occurs from central Guerrero and southern Puebla south to Oaxaca (Binford 1989, Howell and Webb 1995). Specimens also are reported from Distrito Federal, Morelos, and Chiapas (Friedmann et al. 1950); Howell and Webb (1995) consider all of these records as suspect (but have not re-examined the specimens in question?).

Beautiful Hummingbird occurs primarily in interior valleys, with an elevational range of 1000-2200 m (Howell and Webb 1995). This species usually is considered to be resident (e.g. Binford 1989), but Howell and Webb (1995) indicate that some individuals descend to near sea level in southeastern Oaxaca in the nonbreeding season (December-April).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Beautiful Hummingbird occupies arid and semiarid montane scrub, semiopen areas with shrubs and trees, and riparian woods (Edwards 1972, Binford 1989, Howell and Webb 1995).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

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