Bumblebee Hummingbird Atthis heloisa

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

The small size and bee-like flight pattern of Bumblebee Hummingbird permits it to discretely forage in the floral territories of other species. Both sexes of this very small hummingbird have a rounded tail, and males have a stunning pink throat. Bumblebee Hummingbirds inhabit humid and semi-humid forests, pine-oak woodlands, and neighboring shrubby areas. They spend most of their time in the lower and middle levels of the forest. During courtship displays, males hover in a horizontal position with their tails held  vertically. In flight and during displays, the wings of Bumblebee Hummingbird emit an audible insect-like sound.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Bumblebee Hummingbird (Atthis heloisa), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.bumhum.01