I was privileged to add two hummingbirds to my life list during my trip to Texas last week; the ruby-throated hummingbird (a gaping hole in my life list), and this week's featured bird, the buff-bellied hummingbird. While this bird does have a buff belly, its stunning iridescent gorget, head and back are far more colorful, as is its rich rufous tail. A south Texas specialty bird, this hummingbird is easy to see in the Rio Grande Valley.
Is the buff-bellied hummingbird on your life list? Share your sightings in the comments!
Photo © Melissa Mayntz