Common Name: Violet-Crowned Hummingbird
Scientific Name: Amazilia violiceps
Range in North America: Uncommon summer resident in extreme southeastern Arizona and southwestern corner of New Mexico.
Violet-crowned hummingbirds are relatively uncommon in the United States, but their distinctive white underparts, plain white throat, gray-green upperparts and blue-purple crown make them instantly recognizable. The bill is also a distinctive red with a black tip. Male and female birds look similar, though females are slightly duller.
While their range in the United States is limited, violet-crowned hummingbirds are best seen at low elevations near water sources, and they tend to prefer sycamore trees. They are frequently seen in canyon habitats.
Photo © David Hollie