Copper-Rumped Hummingbird

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Amazilia tobaci

Copper-Rumped Hummingbird

The Copper-Rumped Hummingbird is a fairly common and very territorial small hummingbird.

It is a small hummingbird 3.4 inches long and weighs 4.7 grams.

Bill is fairly long, straight and mostly black with some pink on the lower mandible.

Adults have copper-green upperparts, becoming copper-bronze on the rump. Head and underparts are bright green, the thighs are white and the tail and legs are black.

Females are similar to males but with dull brown belly.

CALL: A chip. Their flight call is a trill.

SONG: A slow, high-pitched four-note “e-ri-caa.” 

Nectar, taken from a wide variety of flowers, and some small insects.

Open country, gardens and cultivation.

Breeds in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and has occurred as a vagrant on Grenada. It is a seasonal migrant in parts of Venezuela.

The female lays its eggs in a tiny cup nest on a low branch, or sometimes wires or clotheslines.

Incubation takes 16 – 17 days, and fledging another 19–23, and there may be up to 3 broods in a season.


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