Speckled Hummingbird Adelomyia melanogenys

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 9 subspecies
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  • © Nick Athanas

The speckling of the Speckled Hummingbird is actually difficult to see at times. This fairly drab hummingbird has a black cheek patch bordered by a white stripe behind the eye and sometimes resembles a hermit. Speckled Hummingbirds inhabit humid and wet forests and are most often seen foraging by themselves in shaded shrubs along roads or in thickets in the forest understory. They feed at scattered flowers where they usually collect nectar from short-tubed flowers or rob nectar from holes at the base of long-tubed flowers. Their nests hang underneath the leaf of a fern.

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© Ted Parker

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

Recommended Citation

Speckled Hummingbird (Adelomyia melanogenys), 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/spehum1