Magnificent Hummingbird

Eugenes fulgens

Name root – Eugenes meaning “well born” or “attractive in appearance”; fulgens meaning “glittering”.

Distribution – Breeds from southern Colorado, south through portions of Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas, through the highlands of central Mexico south to Guatemala, western El Salvador, Honduras and north-central Nicaragua.  Winters from southern Sonora and Chihuahua south through the remaining portions of the breeding range.  Resident from the mountains of central Costa Rica through western Panama.

Texas – Conspicuously most abundant in the Davis Mountains where it breeds annually.  Rare in both the Chisos and Guadalupe mountains.  Spring birds can arrive in early March and linger through mid-November in fall.  One winter record for the State, obtained 10 December 2009 in the heart of the Davis Mountains.  First Texas record; 2 July 1932 in Boot Canyon of the Chisos Mountains by C. H. Mueller.

Habitat – Pine-oak forests.

Adult Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mounatins, 20 June 1993

Another view of the above adult male Magnificent Hummingbird

Adult female Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 20 June 1993

Immature male Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 25 June 1993

Immature female Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 25 July 1993

Immature female Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 26 August 2007

Close up of gorget of an adult male Magnificent Hummingbird

Immature female Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains, 28 August 2007

Immature female Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains on August 23, 2009 (Maryann Eastman).

Another view of the above bird (Maryann Eastman)

Juvenile male Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains on September 24, 2010 (Maryann Eastman).

Adult male Magnificent Hummingbird in the Davis Mountains on September 1, 2008 (Maryann Eastman).