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Buff-bellied Hummingbird /amazilia yucatanensis (Colibrí yucateco)

Voice: Call is a short series of high, sharp “smack” notes; also makes shrill, squeaky notes as well as rapid buzzing sounds.

Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Status: Locally common summer resident in the Valley, becoming locally uncommon to rare in winter. The highest density of birds occurs from Brownsville to McAllen.

Habitat: Buff-bellied Hummingbirds occupy a variety of habitats, including woodland edges and urban settings. As a food plant, Buff-bellies prefer the small red flowers of native Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) as well as a number of nectar-rich flowers.

Best Spots: In the summer season, Buff-bellied Hummingbirds are fairly easy to find in most Valley cities where hummingbird feeders are present. Good places to look for this species include the Sabal Palm Grove, Inn at Chachalaca Bend (Los Fresnos), Los Ebanos Preserve (north of Brownsville), Valley Nature Center (Weslaco), WBC Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, and Santa Ana NWR. Also seen on the landscaped grounds at the World Birding Center's Old Hidalgo Pumphouse.

Similar Species: Easily distinguished from most hummingbirds by the combination of large size, red bill, rufous tail, and green throat and upperbreast.

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