Magnificent Hummingbird: Large hummingbird of Mexican highlands, occurs in limited areas of southwest U.S. Appears very dark green overall, in good light may show blue-green to green throat, purple forehead, gray vent, small but prominent white spot behind eye; tail is all dark. Black legs, feet.
Range and Habitat
Magnificent Hummingbird: Found in arid mountain forests of the Southwest and Mexico.
The Magnificent Hummingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 860,000 square kilometers. Native to Central America, Mexico, and the United States, this bird prefers subtropical and tropical forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 500,000 to 5,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Magnificent Hummingbird is Least Concern.
Magnificent Hummingbird males perch conspicuously and defend their feeding territories aggressively.
It flies more slowly than the smaller hummers, sometimes it will even glide. It is also more of an insect gleaner than other hummer species.
It is the second-largest hummingbird north of Mexico. Only the Blue-throated Hummingbird is larger.
A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.