- Cynanthus latirostris
Includes Doubleday's Hummingbird
9-10cm (3Â˝-4 in)
- Metallic green upperparts and breast
- White undertail coverts
- Deep blue throat
- Dark, slightly forked tail
- Black-tipped slender red bill
Female: less colourful, white eye stripe
- C. l. doubledayi: dark blue-black undertail-coverts, blue forehead and longer more deeply forked tail
- C. l. lawrencei has a green throat
Southwestern United States to southern Mexico and Tres Marias Islands.
Accidental vagrant to Kansas.
There are 5 subspecies:
- Arid south-western US to north-western Mexico (Nayarit)
- Eastern Mexico (San Luis PotosĂ and Tamaulipas to northern Veracruz)
- Central Mexico (Guanajuato to MichoacĂˇn)
- C. l. doubledayi: (Doubleday's):
- Southern Mexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas)
- Tres MarĂas Islands (off western Mexico)
Some authorities3,4 split Doubleday's Hummingbird Cynanthus doubledayi from this taxon and others1,2 retain it as a subspecies of Cynanthus latirostris.
Lower riparian woods, forested mountains (observed to 5500 feet), high desert, oak and Alligator pine, orange groves. Visits backyard feeders.
When perched, the male quivers his tail. often whilst calling.
The female builds the nest in a tree or shrub. The clutch consists of 2 white eggs.
The diet includes nectar and insects.
Call: They have a loud chittering call which is similar to the call of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but more emphatic and without the pauses in the phrasing of the kinglet.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Dickinson, EC, ed. 2014. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 4th ed. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 13: 9780956861122
- Gill, F and M Wright. 2008. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ, USA. 2006. ISBN 9780691128276. Update (2008) downloaded from http://worldbirdnames.org/names.html.
- Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
- BF Member observations
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