Photo: Tom Porter/Audubon Photography Awards

Mexican Violetear

Colibri thalassinus

In the highlands of the American tropics, from Mexico to Nicaragua, this dark hummingbird is often common in forest clearings and edges. It is apparently somewhat nomadic, moving around among mountain ranges, and some wanderers reach our area, with a few found almost every year. Recorded many times in Texas, the species has also appeared in scattered locations from coast to coast and north as far as Canada.
Family Hummingbirds
In the highlands of the American tropics, from Mexico to Nicaragua, this dark hummingbird is often common in forest clearings and edges. It is apparently somewhat nomadic, moving around among mountain ranges, and some wanderers reach our area, with a few found almost every year. Recorded many times in Texas, the species has also appeared in scattered locations from coast to coast and north as far as Canada.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Call a dry tchap.
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