Magnificent Hummingbird

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Description

Great name, huh? At 4.5 to 5.25 inches in size, the Magnificent Hummingbird is one of the largest found in the US. Their overall dark appearance with flashes of brilliant color adds to their impressive appearance. The male has a dark emerald green back, an iridescent purple crown, bright turquise-green throat, and a black belly. He has a white spot behind his eyes. The female has a green back, grayish underside and a white eye streak.

 

Where you might see them

Sky Island Mountains near the Mexico border (western Texas, southeastern Arizona, and southwestern and south central New Mexico).

 

Sources: A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

Hummingbird Gardens

Hummingbird at purple coneflower

Hummingbirds love sugar water feeders, but it's also nice to provide natural nectar sources for them. You can plant flowers in your garden or on your porch or patio that will be both pretty for you to look at and beneficial to the hummingbirds.

Learn what plants attract and provide nectar for hummingbirds.

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