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Buff-bellied Hummingbird

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Buff-bellied HummingbirdAmazilia yucatanensis
  • ORDER: Caprimulgiformes
  • FAMILY: Trochilidae

Basic Description

The Buff-bellied Hummingbird differs from other U.S. hummingbirds by its warm buff belly, brilliant red bill, and, in the right light, its brilliant blue-green throat and breast. This hummingbird barely crosses the U.S–Mexico border, where it sips nectar from flowers in suburban gardens, mesquite brushlands, and river corridors of South Texas. It also visits hummingbird feeders, where it takes advantage of its size to chase off smaller hummingbird species. After the breeding season, some Buff-bellied Hummingbirds move northeastward to Louisiana to spend the winter.

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Find This Bird

Look for Buff-bellied Hummingbirds in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where they visit flowers (and hummingbird feeders) in suburban neighborhoods and shrubby habitats. Many park and refuge visitor centers maintain feeders—a useful shortcut for finding this handsome species.

Other Names

  • Amazilia Yucateca (Spanish)
  • Ariane du Yucatan (French)
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