White-eared Hummingbird Hylocharis leucotis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
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Diet and Foraging

Diet

White-eared Hummingbird is primarily nectarivorous; among the flowers that it is known to visit are Agave salmiana, A. macroacantha, A.stricta, Agave sp., Bidens sp., Boubardia ternifolia, Bomarea hirtella, Byttneria catalpifolia, Calliandra grandifolia, Callistemon citrinus, C. longipedicellata, Cestrum sp., Cirsium jaliscoana, Crusea coccinea, Cuphea sp., Echeverria gibbiflora, Erythrina chiapasana, E. cyanoides, Fuchsia encliandra, Fuchsia fulgens, Ipomoea heredifolia, I. orizabensis, Leonotis nepetaefolia, Lobelia laxiflora, Malvaviscus arboreus, Mamfreda brachystachya, Nicotiana glauca, Penstemon sp., Phaseolus coccineus, Psittacanthus ramiflorus, Salvia lavanduloides, S. mexicana, S. Iodantha, Stachys sp., and Tillandsia sp., among others.

White-eared Hummingbird also consumes small insects (Cottam and Knappen 1939), as do most if not all species of hummingbirds (Remsen et al. 1986).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2015). White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whehum.01