French: Colibri à gorge bleue German: Blaukehlnymphe Spanish: Colibrí gorjiazul
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Subspecies and Distribution
L. c. bessophilus
(Oberholser, 1918) – SW USA (SE Arizona, S New Mexico) to NW Mexico (E Sonora, W Chihuahua, Durango).
L. c. phasmorus
(Oberholser, 1974) – Chisos Mts, in SW Texas (S USA).
L. c. clemenciae
(Lesson, 1830) – mountains of NE, C & S Mexico (Sierra Madre Oriental and C plateau S to Oaxaca).
c. 13 cm; male c. 8 g, female c. 6·5 g. Male has medium-sized, slightly decurved black bill; crown green, postocular stripe white and dusky grey ear-coverts, back... read more
Repertoire varied. Song a mixture of soft, buzzy scratchy notes and buzzy trills, total length... read more
In USA and N Mexico found primarily in riparian canyons at altitude of between 1500 and 2500 m.... read more
Food and feeding
Floral nectar from several plant species, including Lobelia, Nicotinia, Penstemon and Salvia; also... read more
In USA mainly between May and Jul. In Mexico the breeding period is more variable, possibly corresponding to specific flowering periods.... read more
Birds in S Mexico are resident although some engage in altitudinal migration during winter. In N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. In USA, artificial feeders maintain unusually large populations that exceed available natural food resources. Species is susceptible to... read more
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