Berylline Hummingbird

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A Berylline Hummingbird is a fun bird to see while bird watching. Below are some tips to help you identify Berylline Hummingbirds. We have also put together a list of fun Berylline Hummingbird t-shirts, Berylline Hummingbird bird patches, birdhouses, bird feeders, binoculars, stickers, and other fun bird watching items.

About Berylline Hummingbirds

This medium-sized Hummingbird is uniquely characterized by its sea-green color. The Berylline Hummingbird is named so after the gem, beryl, because of the resemblance in color.

Description and Identification

You will find Berylline Hummingbird to be a medium-sized Hummingbird that grows up to 8-10 centimeters long and weighs about 4-5 grams. The male is a bit larger compared to the female, with an average weight of 4.87 grams compared to 4.37 grams of the female.
The most common color in adult Berylline Hummingbirds is metallic olive green with a rusty fray lower belly. The bird’s head, throat, and chest have a bright iridescent turquoise green color that shows a stark contrast against the darker cinnamon red wings and tail. You can see its lower abdomen in the buff to whitish-gray. The bill of the male Berylline is straight and slender. The upper bill is black and the lower bill appears red-orange.
The bird’s tail, primary wings, and underwing are rufous in color and slightly forked. The rufous wing patches help in distinguishing the birds from Buff-bellied Hummingbirds and Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds. The female Berylline is notably less colorful compared to the male.

Description and Identification

The average male of the species is about 48.7 grams whereas the female is notably smaller, weighing 43.7 grams. Both the male and the female are 8-10 centimeters long.

The dominant color in the birds is the sea-green color. Aside from that, the bird boasts a colorful outlook, with a cinnamon-red tail that matches its wings. These bear a sharp contrast to its chest, throat, and head which are a bright shade of turquoise-green. Adult males are generally more colorful than females.

Berylline Hummingbird Diet

The Berylline Hummingbirds primarily feed on nectar from flowers and flowering trees with the use of its long, extendable tongue. They source the nectar from different brightly colored, scented small flowers of trees, herbs, shrubs, and epiphytes. They prefer flowers with the highest sugar content. They also feed on some small spiders and insects as a source of protein.

Berylline Hummingbirds are nectar feeders, primarily nectar feeders, using their long tongues to reach far into flowers. They source their food from wildflowers, or from sugar water for other nectar feeders

During the mating season, it is important for females to have a source of protein for the developing young ones. As a result, the birds feed on small spiders and other insects. Their hunting skills are intensely honed that a female Berylline can catch up to 2000 insects every day.

Berylline Hummingbird Habitat

Berylline Hummingbirds are typically found in mountain forests and canyon forests.  Those found in Arizona have typically been found in mountain canyons.  In Mexico, they are also found on forested slopes of mountains, lower slopes, and adjacent brushy areas. Most of the time, it would go to southeastern-most Arizona in the United States, where it sometimes breeds in the Madrean sky islands region.

Berylline are found in altitudes ranging from 3000 to 10000 feet. They can be found in various places, from suburban gardens in Honduras, Central America to thorn forests and thickets in Western Mexico. The birds have also been sighted in Texas and New Mexico.

Range and Migration

Berylline Hummingbird ranges commonly in and around the upland forests of Mexico. This colorful bird first appeared in the United States of America in 1964. Since it has appeared in the U.S., it has become almost a regular visitor, with one or two found almost every summer in the mountains of southeastern Arizona. It has nested there a few times. It may visit feeders or flowers in canyons near the border. While perched in trees, it sometimes gives a soft three-noted call, sounding like a tiny trumpet.
Most of the birds do not migrate. Strays to the United States of America typically show up in the summer months.  Birds in higher elevation portions of its Mexican range may move to lower elevations in the winter.

Berylline Hummingbird Behavior

The birds live most of their lives in solitude and are naturally aggressive. They put up their nests on high spots in trees, above other nests, as a show-off dominance.

The Berylline Hummingbirds do not live in pairs. The male of the species only participates in the actual mating with the female. It is otherwise uninvolved in the lives of both the female and the future young ones. 


Nesting can occur at a wide variety of heights, although nests are often found below 10 feet. Those few have been found nesting in Arizona higher up in the sycamore trees.
The female builds the cup-shaped nest alone. She would find a safe spot in a shrub or a tree for the nest location. She uses woven plant fibers in constructing the nest. The nest is made of plant fibers woven together with spider webs, with lichens decorating the outside of the nest, and typically with grasses or other plant material to line the inside of the nest.


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Bird Watching Binoculars for Identifying Berylline Hummingbirds

The most common types of bird-watching binoculars for viewing Berylline Hummingbirds are 8×21 binoculars and 10×42 binoculars. Bird Watching Academy & Camp sells really nice 8×21 binoculars and 10×42 binoculars. You can view and purchase them here.

Berylline Hummingbird Stickers

Stickers are a great way for you to display your love for bird watching and the Berylline Hummingbird. We sell a monthly subscription sticker pack. The sticker packs have 12 bird stickers. These sticker packs will help your kids learn new birds every month.

Bird Feeders For Berylline Hummingbirds

There are many types of bird feeders. Bird feeders are a great addition to your backyard. Bird feeders will increase the chances of attracting birds drastically. Both kids and adults will have a great time watching birds eat at these bird feeders. There are a wide variety of bird feeders on the market and it is important to find the best fit for you and your backyard.

Best Bird Houses For Berylline Hummingbirds

There are many types of birdhouses. Building a birdhouse is always fun but can be frustrating. These 4 birdhouses have become our favorites. Getting a birdhouse for kids to watch birds grow is always fun. We spent a little extra money on these birdhouses but they have been worth the higher price and look great.

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