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Magnificent Hummingbird

Scientific name: Eugenes fulgens

Year-round residents in Central America and much of Mexico, Magnificent Hummingbirds at the northern portion of their range are migratory and reach parts of the southwestern U.S. during the breeding season. Magnificent Hummingbirds are highly territorial in parts of their range, but not territorial in others.

Magnificent Hummingbirds often return to breeding areas in subsequent years. Males tend to be banded much more often than females, because they visit feeders much more frequently. The oldest known Magnificent Hummingbird in the wild was over eight years old.

Photograph © Greg Lavaty.