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Blue-throated Hummingbird Lampornis clemenciae

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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BNA Account Authors: Williamson, Sheri L.

The Blue-throated Hummingbird is the largest hummingbird found north of Mexico. The male weighs up to 10 grams, more than 3 times the weight of the familiar Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). This veritable giant among northern hummingbirds is also one of the most ecologically selective, preferring the edges of montane conifer forests in the highlands of Mexico and the shady understory of deciduous streamside forests in the "sky island" mountain ranges of the southwestern United States. The male's high-pitched, monotonous peeps are a signature sound of summer along rare perennial streams in the mountain canyons of southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and western Texas.

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Recommended Citation

Blue-throated Hummingbird (Lampornis clemenciae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/buthum