Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Hummingbird (Cynanthus sordidus)


French: Colibri sombre German: Grauer Breitschnabelkolibri Spanish: Colibrí prieto

Cyanomyia (?) sordida


, 1859,

Oaxaca, Mexico


A reported hybrid of present species and C. latirostris is thought to refer to variation within adult male of present species. Monotypic.


S Mexico from Michoacán to C Oaxaca.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 4·3–4·7 g. Male has slightly decurved bill, red, tipped black; crown dull green (becoming brownish green on forehead), auriculars blackish... read more


Vocalizations much like those of C. latirostris, but considered to be softer, more liquid... read more


Open and semi-open arid areas with scattered trees and scrub, sometimes along roadsides or in... read more

Food and feeding

No specific food plants have been recorded; presumably feeds on nectar of flowering Agave, Castilleja and Opuntia... read more


Nests have been recorded Mar–May, Aug, Nov–Dec. When nesting, may be capable of adapting to more humid periods within its semi-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Balsas Region and Interior Oaxaca EBA. Common throughout most of range; no threats noted to date.... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Dusky Hummingbird (Cynanthus sordidus). 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 6 December 2019).