Name root – Amazilia (Amazili, an Inca heroine in a French novel); rutila (rutilus) meaning “warm or glowing red”.
Distribution – Resident of the Pacific slopes of middle America from central Sinaloa in Mexico south to central Costa Rica; and on the Caribbean slopes in the Yucatan Peninsula south to Honduras. There are two records for the U.S. including the first, a bird observed 21-23 July 1992 in Patagonia, Arizona.
Texas – No records.
New Mexico – A nice adult bird was observed and photographed from 18-21 September, 1993, in Santa Teresa, Dona Ana County. The location was just across the Rio Grande from northern portions of El Paso, Texas.
Habitat – Tropical deciduous forests, secondary and gallery forests and aird lowland scrub.