- ORDER: Caprimulgiformes
- FAMILY: Trochilidae
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.More ID Info
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.
- Amazilia Yucateca (Spanish)
- Ariane du Yucatan (French)
- Cool Facts
- Not too many Northern Hemisphere birds move north after the breeding season, but the Buff-bellied Hummingbird regularly disperses northeast, into Louisiana, from its breeding areas in southernmost Texas.
- The oldest recorded Buff-bellied Hummingbird was a male, and at least 11 years, 2 months old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas.