Amazilia yucatanensis

Because of the orange color in its bill, the Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilia yucatanensis, is sometimes confused at first glance with the Broad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris. The Buff-bellied occurs primarily in Mexico and Belize but is found regularly in Texas; it rarely wanders into the eastern U.S. in fall and winter.

The only South Carolina record of the Buff-bellied is a bird banded in Columbia in winter as part of Operation RubyThroat. For photos and descriptions of this bird, please see the link from Vagrant & Winter Hummingbird Banding.

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Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilia yucatanensis, adult

Adult Male and Adult Female are similar in appearance

Photographs courtesy of Animal Pictures Archive

NOTE: Although Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the primary focus of "Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project", we are also interested in other hummingbird species--especially vagrants that appear in winter (mid-October through mid-March) in the eastern U.S. If you know of a wintering hummingbird east of the Mississippi, please report it to RESEARCH. We will contact a local hummingbird bander about capturing the bird, identifying and banding it, and releasing it unharmed.

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