Blue-throated Hummingbird

Distribution / Range

The Blue-throated Hummingbirds winter in the mountain woodlands of Mexico, following the highlands and central plateau as far south as Oaxaca.

For the breeding season, they will migrate to the mountain canyons of southwestern United States, including southern Arizona, southern New Mexico and western Texas.  

Blue-Throated Hummingbird, Lampornis clemenciae Description:

The Blue-throated Hummingbird is a fairly large hummingbird, measuring 11.5 to 13.5 cm (4.5 to 5.25 inches) in length and weighing between 6 to 10 grams. Their wingspan is typically 79 mm (3.1 inches) for males and 68.5 mm (2.3 inches) for females (Johnsgard, 1983; Howell, 2002).

 The upper plumage is dull green, fading to a medium grey on the underside. It has white stripes behind the eyes and a narrower stripe extending backward from the corner of its relatively short bill, next to a blackish cheek patch. The tail feathers are iridescent bluish-black with broad white tail with white tips on the outer most tail feathers.

The male has an iridescent blue throat patch (gorget), which may appear black or grey color in poor light.

The female's throat is grey. Otherwise males and females look quite similar.

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Blue-throated Hummingbird

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Bill Shape
needle
Eats
commercial-instant-nectars
sugar-water
Regions
alabama
arizona
california
colorado
louisiana
mexico
new mexico
south carolina
texas
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
long tailed
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
flying
perching
Behavior
flocks
zigzag
Markings
bold
Sounds
clear
staccato
melodious
Location
low flying
high perching
low perching
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
fir forest
oakpinewoodland
fields
flats
Forests
Marshes
Color
sheen
blue
gray
green
rust
Body Shape
hummingbird
Size
small
Order
hummingbirds - trochilidae, phaethornithinae
Conservation Status
Least Concern