Violet-crowned Hummingbird: Medium-sized hummingbird with iridescent bronze-green upperparts and white underparts. Cap is purple-blue; throat is white and lacks gorget feathers. The bill is bright red with black tip. Feeds on nectar and insects. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats.
Range and Habitat
Violet-crowned Hummingbird: Breeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Spends winters in Mexico. Preferred habitats include canyons and streamside growth.
The Violet-crowned Hummingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 560,000 square kilometers. Native to Guatemala, the United States, and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical shrubland or forest ecosystems though it can reside on plantations or in rural and urban areas. 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 Violet-crowned Hummingbird is Least Concern.
The Violet-crowned Hummingbird bird is the only American hummingbird lacking a brightly colored gorget.
This hummingbird is commonly found in stands of sycamore and cottonwood trees along streams in desert canyons.
A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.