A little bird wants but a little nest

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A little bird wants but a little nest.

An Arabian proverb

Magnificent Hummingbird

The Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens) is a large hummingbird that breeds in mountains from the southwestern United States to western Panama.

This bird inhabits the edges and clearings of montane oak forests from about 2000 m to the timberline.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 5 inches
• Long, thin bill
• Large hummingbird
• White spot behind eye
• Dark blackish-green upperparts
• United States ranged restricted to southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico

Magnificent Hummingbird

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Adult male:
• Metallic green throat (black in poor light)
• Black breast
• Purple crown
• Gray undertail coverts
• Black forked tail

Adult female:
• Dull gray underparts
• Dark, rounded tail with grayish-white corners

Similar species:
The male Magnificent Hummingbird is unmistakeable. Female is similar to female Blue-throated Hummingbird but lacks large white tips to tail and white malar streak. Other hummingbirds are much smaller.

Food: The food of this species is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers. They also eat some small insects. Magnificent Hummingbird males perch conspicuously and defend their feeding territories aggressively.


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