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Magnificent Hummingbird


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Aptly named for its spectacular plumage, the Magnificent Hummingbird is one of several hummingbird species found in southeast Arizona but not regularly elsewhere in the United States. The species was known as Rivoli's Hummingbird until the mid-1980s

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

Small bird; large hummingbird. Adult male with iridescent purple crown, green throat, and black belly. Adult female with green upperparts, grayish underparts, and a white streak extending behind the eye.

Immature Description

Juvenile male shows plumage intermediate between that of adult male and adult female. Juvenile female resembles adult female, but with gray-buff fringes on feathers of upperparts.

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  • Adult male

    Magnificent Hummingbird

    Adult male
    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Portal, Arizona, July 2000
  • Adult female

    Magnificent Hummingbird

    Adult female
    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ramsey Canyon, Arizona, August 2000

Similar Species

  • Female and immature Blue-throated Hummingbird similar, but with shorter bill, brownish rump, and black tail instead of green rump and green central tail feathers.