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Cinnamon Hummingbird Amazilia rutila

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


As is typical of hummingbirds, male Cinnamon Hummingbirds do not participate in nest construction, incubation, or care for the nestlings.

Breeding is reported from western Mexico from November-February, in June-July, and in September (Howell and Webb 1995), and on the Yucatan Peninsula in February-April and from August-November (Howell and Webb 1995); in El Salvador in July and October (Dickey and van Rossem 1938); in Nicaragua in March and November (Martínez-Sánchez and Will 2010); and in Costa Rica from December to May or June (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

The nest is a cup placed on horizontal branches. The nest is built using plant material to stick with spider web and decorated with bits of lichen. The clutch is 2 eggs; one egg measured 14.4 x 8.8 mm (Dickey and van Rossem 1938). Little more is known about the breeding biology of Cinnamon Hummingbird.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2012). Cinnamon Hummingbird (Amazilia rutila), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.