Magnificent Hummingbird
Similar Birds:
 Costa's Hummingbird

Magnificent Hummingbird
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Magnificent Hummingbird Range Map (N & C America)
Magnificent Hummingbird Range Map (N & C America)

Latin Name Eugenes fulgens
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location North & Central America
Colour Green, Black, & Purple
Length 11 - 14 cm (4 - 6 inches)
Wingspan Approx. 18 cm (7 inches)
Weight 7 - 8 g (0.25 - 0.28 oz)
Life Expectancy -

Main Characteristics

Magnificent Hummingbirds are large hummingbirds that are between 11 and 14 cms (4 - 6 inches) in length, they have a wingspan of approximately 18 cms (7 inches), and they weigh between 7 and 8 g (0.25 - 0.28 oz).

They are coloured dark green on their upperparts with a black underside. Their crown is purple and they have a green/blue throat. Their wings are pointed and they have a black, forked tail. Their legs and feet are black and they have a prominent white spot behind each eye.

Their call is a loud, sharp "tsik" or "chip" and when agitated they emit a squeaky chatter.


Magnificent Hummingbirds are found on the edges of humid montane forests, pastures, open woodland and scrub of south west USA and central America.


Magnificent Hummingbirds feed on nectar and small insects.


Female Magnificent Hummingbirds build cup shaped nests from plant fibres in moderately high tree branches. 2 white eggs are laid and the female will incubate them for 15 - 18 days. The chicks are ready to fledge at 20 - 26 days old.


Predators of Magnificent Hummingbirds include snakes and other birds.


Subspecies of the Magnificent Hummingbird include:

Eugenes fulgens fulgens
Eugenes fulgens spectabilis

Interesting Facts

Magnificent Hummingbirds are also known as:
Rivoli's Hummingbird

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