French: Colibri lucifer German: Luzifersternkolibri Spanish: Colibrí luminoso
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SW USA (mountains in SE Arizona, SW New Mexico and SW Texas) S through C plateau of Mexico to Jalisco, Michoacán and Puebla. Winters from Nayarit E to Puebla and S to Oaxaca, irregularly N to Sinaloa.
9–10 cm; 2·9–3·5 g. Medium-sized hummingbird with long, decurved, black bill; both sexes green above. Male has dull green forehead, rest of... read more
Display-flight of male starts by approaching female, shuttling quickly back and forth in c. 2 m-... read more
Arid scrub, canyons and lower mountain slopes. In N Chihuahuan Desert, found mainly in canyons and... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar from a variety of flowers; in Texas, takes nectar from mostly red-flowered herbs or shrubs such as Penstemon havardii, ... read more
Apr–Aug in Texas, but sometimes delayed until late May or Jun when summer rains begin; May–Sept at Mexico City. Nests sometimes... read more
Breeding populations near Mexico City and along USA–Mexico border are migratory; status in E... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Breeding range is large and a variety of xeric habitats appear to be acceptable. Preference, during breeding season in north, for arid,... read more
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