Description of the Magnificent Hummingbird
The Magnificent Hummingbird is a large hummingbird with greenish upperparts and a long bill.
- Purple crown.
- All dark tail.
- Blackish belly.
- Length: 5.25 in. Wingspan: 7.5 in.
- Whitish belly.
- Green tail with white outer tips.
Seasonal change in appearance
Juveniles resemble adult females but are slightly darker below.
Canyons and pine-oak woodlands.
Nectar and insects.
Forages by hovering.
Breeds in small areas of the southwestern U.S. and winters in Mexico. Also occurs farther south to Central America.
Bent Life History
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Magnificent Hummingbirds can go into a cold torpor at night to conserve energy.
Male territories are set up to contain a certain minimum amount of nectar-producing plants.
A sharp “chip” note is given.
Magnificent Hummingbirds will come to hummingbird feeders.