0f876500 cf35 460d 8e30 aaa5707679e2

Description of the Magnificent Hummingbird

BREEDING MALE

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.

Magnificent Hummingbird

Magnificent Hummingbird m 1 gb
Photograph © Glenn Bartley.

 

Female

  • Whitish belly.
  • Green tail with white outer tips.

 

Magnificent Hummingbird female gl
Photograph © Greg Lavaty.

Seasonal change in appearance

None.

Juvenile

Juveniles resemble adult females but are slightly darker below.

Habitat

Canyons and pine-oak woodlands.

Diet

Nectar and insects.

Behavior

Forages by hovering.

Range

Breeds in small areas of the southwestern U.S. and winters in Mexico. Also occurs farther south to Central America.

More information:

Bent Life History

Visit the Bent Life History for extensive additional information on the Magnificent Hummingbird.

Fun Facts

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.

Vocalizations

A sharp “chip” note is given.

Attracting

Magnificent Hummingbirds will come to hummingbird feeders.

Nesting

The nest is a small cup of plant material placed on a horizontal branch.

Number: 2.
Color: White.

Incubation and fledging:
Young hatch at 16 days.   Young fledge (leave the nest) in 25-30 days after hatching but remain with the female for some time.