Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-sided Hummingbird (Amazilia wagneri)


French: Ariane de Wagner German: Zimtflankenamazilie Spanish: Amazilia de Wagner

Amazilia violiceps wagneri

A. R. Phillips

, 1966,

#R lat. 16º1’ N, long. 97º4’30”W (approx.), Oaxaca, Mexico


Sometimes placed in genus Agyrtria. Closely related to A. violiceps. Until recently treated as conspecific with A. viridifrons, but bill slightly longer (effect size 1.14; score 1)#R; both sexes with bright cinnamon vs metallic green cheek to neck side (3); male with dull rufous wingpanel (2); female with rufous outer rectrices (2)#R; purported race rowleyi of A. viridifrons from C Oaxaca probably indicates intergradation of viridifrons and present species in zone of supposed secondary contact (score at least 1). Monotypic.


S Mexico (C & S Oaxaca).

Descriptive notes

10–11·5 cm. Male has straight, medium-sized bill, bright red with black tip; crown blackish, often with oily green sheen, nape and ear-coverts bronzy green,... read more


Probably much like A. viridifrons. Possible song is a repeated quiet, hard crackling “... read more


Arid to semi-humid scrub, thorn forest and riparian woodland, at 250–900 m.

Food and feeding

Forages for nectar at flowering bushes and trees from middle to upper strata; diet includes small insects which are caught by hawking.


Data on nesting and gonadal activity indicate Jan–Feb, May and Aug–Oct. Nest cup-shaped, made of plant-wool and lichen, fixed... read more


Generally sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Considered to be common to fairly common within fairly restricted range, from Pacific slope foothills of Sierra de Miahuatlán W to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Cinnamon-sided Hummingbird (Amazilia wagneri). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 13 December 2019).