Living Bird Magazine
Rivoli's HummingbirdEugenes fulgens
- ORDER: Caprimulgiformes
- FAMILY: Trochilidae
The spectacular Rivoli's Hummingbird is one of several hummingbird species found in the extreme southwestern U.S. but not regularly elsewhere in the country. The species was known as Magnificent Hummingbird from the 1980s until 2017.More ID Info
- Colibrí magnífico (Spanish)
- Colibri de Rivoli (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Rivoli's Hummingbird is the second-largest hummingbird north of Mexico. Only the Blue-throated Hummingbird is larger.
- Rivoli’s Hummingbird was named in honor of the Duke of Rivoli, an amateur ornithologist. Anna’s Hummingbird was named after his wife, Anna, the Duchess of Rivoli.
- The Rivoli's Hummingbird has been known to hybridize with the Blue-throated Hummingbird, Broad-billed Hummingbird, the Violet-crowned Hummingbird, and the Berylline Hummingbird.
- Rivoli's Hummingbirds have one of the highest recorded heart rates of any vertebrate (range 420–1,200 beats/min)
- A hummingbird flower mite uses the Rivoli's Hummingbird for transport: hiding in the birds’ nasal passages until they can jump off at a subsequent flower patch.
- The oldest recorded Rivoli's Hummingbird was a male, and at least 11 years old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Arizona.