Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird Tilmatura dupontii

  • 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 Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird
eBird range map for Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird

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

Distribution in the Americas

Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird is occurst from Mexico south to northern Nicaragua (Howell and Webb 1995, Martínez-Sánchez and Will 2010). It occurs north to central Sinaloa and central Veracruz (Friedmann et al. 1950, Rosenberg and Rosenberg 1979, Howell and Webb 1995).

The elevational distribution of Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird is from 750-2500 m, although it occurs, locally and/or seasonally, at lower elevations, to almost sea level (Howell and Webb 1992, 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird occurs at the edge of humid to semiarid pine-oak forest, in brushy second growth, and scrubby woods, often woods with oaks (Binford 1989, Howell and Webb 1995; see also Davis 1953). Schaldach (1963) described the habitat as "watered arroyos at the upper margin of the Tropical Deciduous Forest and in the lower edge of the Oak Woodland".

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). Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird (Tilmatura dupontii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.