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Plain-capped Starthroat

Heliomaster constantii

A native of dry forest in Mexico and Central America, this big hummingbird strays northward into Arizona on occasion. Here it usually occurs in lowland areas near streams or in the open lower areas of canyons; most records have been in summer. Despite the evocative name of "Starthroat," the throat color is very hard to see without perfect lighting, and the bird usually looks quite dull overall.
Family Hummingbirds
A native of dry forest in Mexico and Central America, this big hummingbird strays northward into Arizona on occasion. Here it usually occurs in lowland areas near streams or in the open lower areas of canyons; most records have been in summer. Despite the evocative name of "Starthroat," the throat color is very hard to see without perfect lighting, and the bird usually looks quite dull overall.
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