HUMMINGBIRD SPECIES

Amazilia Hummingbird 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amazilia amazilia

Amazilia Hummingbird

The Amazilia Hummingbird is a hummingbird in the family Trochilidae. It is the only species placed in the genus Amazilis.

It measures about 3.54 – 4.33 inches in length. Males are about 5 – 6.5 grams and females are about 4.5 – 5.5 grams in weight.

It is a green-and-chestnut hummingbird with plumage that varies throughout its range.

All variants have a red bill with a black tip. In most of its range, it has a green throat, white breast, and chestnut belly and tail.

In the southern part of its range, white breast is reduced or absent and throat is blue or blue-green.

At its northern limit, tail is mostly green. In the Andes of southern Ecuador, underparts are mostly white with only a little chestnut.

Diet consists of small insects and nectar of flowering Erythrina, Psittacanthus, and other flower corollas of medium length.

It can spend roughly 80% of its time resting, using the rest of its time to forage, hunt, and defend its territory (often against Coereba flaveola).

Common in dry forest and scrub, and less prevalent or absent in more humid areas.

Occurs in western Peru and south- western Ecuador. It is generally common, and can regularly be seen even in major cities such as Lima and Guayaquil.

It breeds year-round with cup like nests only 3 cm above the ground.

SOURCES:
https://ebird.org/species
https://en.wikipedia.org
https://birdsoftheworld.org

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