Living Bird Magazine
Lucifer HummingbirdCalothorax lucifer
- ORDER: Caprimulgiformes
- FAMILY: Trochilidae
The tiny, vividly purple-throated Lucifer Hummingbird is mainly a species of northern Mexico and central Mexico. Where it reaches the United States, in extreme southern Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas, it's a highly sought-after species among avid birders. Lucifer Hummingbird belongs to a group of hummingbird species called “sheartails,” named for their deeply forked, narrow tail.More ID Info
- Colibrí Luminoso (Spanish)
- Colibri lucifer (French)
- Cool Facts
- Unlike other hummingbirds, which perform courtship displays near feeding areas, perches, or special sites for group displays, the male Lucifer Hummingbird performs its displays at the nest of a female.
- The oldest known Lucifer Hummingbird was a male and at least 7 years, 5 months old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Texas.