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#ABArare – Berylline Hummingbird – Arizona

Ed Dunn discovered a Berylline Hummingbird (Code 3) visiting the feeders at the Madera Kubo Bed and Breakfast in Madera Canyon on July 21. Since it was first found, it’s been reported on July 22, 28, 29, and 31. This species usually occurs in Southeast Arizona in very small numbers, but there were apparently none reported in 2012, making this sighting a little more noteworthy.

ABArare Berylline Hummingbird Laurens Halsey
photo by Laurens Halsey

The Berylline mostly has been using the top right feeder on the front balcony.  Observe the feeders from the road. Except for guests of the Madera Kubo, parking is NOT available here. The closest parking area is at the amphitheater.

A White-eared Hummingbird was reported from this spot on July 20 and 22, but I’m unaware of any subsequent sightings. Elsewhere in
Madera Canyon, a Lucifer Hummingbird is visiting the feeders at Santa Rita Lodge. It has been coming to the lone feeder that’s close to the bench in the bird viewing area. A Violet-crowned Hummingbird is also being seen here.

Berylline Hummingbird is species whose range extends from Honduras north into northern Mexico. In Mexico, it is found in oak-dominated foothills, but it is also found in temperate forests in parts of its range.  In the U.S., it has been found in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, where it has shown preference for mountain canyons. Berylline Hummingbird has been documented breeding in Arizona, and is known to hybridize with other hummingbird species.

A map of all locations mentioned above is available here.