Family: (Trochilidae) Hummingbirds
Preferred Habitat: Gardens, anywhere suitable flowers are found.
Seasonal Occurrence: Rare in winter.
Notes: The Buff-bellied Hummingbird is a Mexican species that has traditionally have been a south Texas specialty, but appears to be increasing its range northward. They are rare but regular winter visitors to the Upper Texas Coast. Every year there are scattered reports of them visiting feeders. There have been recent reports for High Island, Lake Jackson and within the Houston city limits. Males and females are very similar, but for the female the upper part of the bill is darker and the green throat is somewhat less iridescent. The red bill is unique among American hummingbirds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports that this species is also unique in dispersing to the north from its breeding areas in south Texas.
- Susan Billetdeaux