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Dusky Hummingbird Cynanthus sordidus

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Dusky Hummingbird
eBird range map for Dusky Hummingbird

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

Distribution in the Americas

Dusky Hummingbird is endemic to southwestern Mexico. This species occurs in the interior, from eastern Michoacán and Morelos south to Oaxaca (Friedmann et al. 1950, Binford 1985, 1989, Howell and Webb 1995). Friedmann et al. (1950) also reported specimens from the Distrito Federal and from Jalisco and Hidalgo; Howell and Webb (1985) regard the record from Distrito Federal as dubious, and also voice doubts that the records from Jalisco and Hidaldo are valid.

The elevational range of Dusky Hummingbird is 900-2200 m (Howell and Webb 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Dusky Hummingbird occupies arid scrub, and "semiopen and open area areas with scattered trees" (Howell and Webb 1995); see also Hutto (1992).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

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