Mexican Violetear Colibri thalassinus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Mo Hobbs


They breed in the wet season and early dry season, from July-November in Mexico, September-March in Guatemala, September-January in El Salvador, October-March in Costa Rica, and March-August in Colombia (Wagner 1945, Hilty and Brown 1986, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Stiles 1999).

The nest is built at the base of a fork on a slender twig and is a cup composed of plant material, moss, twigs and spider-webs. The nest usually is placed near open places in the forest, from 1-3 m above the ground. The clutch is two. Only the female builds the nest, incubates, and provisions the young. Incubation lasts 16 to 17 days. The chicks fledge at 23 to 28 days old (Wagner 1945, Stiles 1999).

Recommended Citation

Hobbs, M. (2011). Mexican Violetear (Colibri thalassinus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.