Berylline Hummingbird

Amazilia beryllina

Name root – Amazilia (Amazili, an Inca heroine in a French novel); beryllina after the sea green gem beryl (emeralds and aquamarine are types of beryls).

Distribution – Resident from northern portions of the Sierra Madre Occidental, from southeastern Arizona through western and central Mexico, south to Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Texas – Accidental in the Trans-Pecos region with one record from the Chisos Mountains and four records from the Davis Mountains.  First fully documented individual was a bird found in Cochise Canyon of the Davis Mountains from 17 August through 4 September 1997.  Subsequent records in the Davis Mountains in August 1999, 25 May to 16 July 2000 and 25-28 August 2007.   First Texas record (a sight record); 18 August 1991 along the Juniper Trail near Boot Canyon, Chisos Mountains, Brewster County by John Trochet.

Habitat – Pine-oak forests and tropical deciduous forests.

Immature Berylline Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 28 August 2007, by Mark Lockwood

Immature Berylline Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 18 August 1997

Another view of the immature Berylline Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 18 August 1997