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Hummingbirds of the Americas: Photo Highlights

Hummingbirds comprise the family Trochilidae, among the smallest of birds, with most species measuring in the 3"-5" range. According to the International Ornithologists' Union (IOU), the hummingbird family has 366 species and 112 genera, mostly south of the United States. Hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere, with nearly half the species living in the "equatorial belt" which lies between 10 degrees north and south of the equator.

Hummingbirds of the World, found only in the Western Hemisphere

These tiny New World creatures are called "hummingbirds" due to the "humming" sound created by beating their wings, which flap at high frequencies audible to other birds as well as humans.

Various species of hummingbirds can be found in these areas of the Americas:

Hummingbirds are not found in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, or Antarctica.

The colors, shapes and sizes of the hummingbird family are quite diverse, as shown in the photo highlights below (in alphabetical order).

Photo Highlights of Hummingbird Species

Allen's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Berylline Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Blue-throated Hummingbird
Booted-racket Tail
Booted-racket Tail Hummingbird
Broad-billed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Buff-tailed Coronet
Buff-tailed Coronet Hummingbird


Albino and Leucistic Hummingbirds
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Buff-winged Starfrontlet
Buff-winged Starfrontlet Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Chestnut-breasted Coronet
Chestnut-breasted Coronet Hummingbird

Cinnamon Hummingbird
Collared Inca
Collared Inca Hummingbird
Coppery-headed Emerald
Coppery-headed Emerald Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird
Fiery-throated Hummingbird

Green-breasted Mango
Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird
Green-crowned Brilliant
Green-crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Green Violet-ear
Green Violet-ear Hummingbird
Long-billed Hermit
Long-billed Hermit Hummingbird

Long-billed Starthroat
Long-billed Starthroat Hummingbird
Long-tailed Sylph
Long-tailed Sylph Hummingbird
Lucifer Hummingbird

Mexican Violetear
Mexican-violetear Hummingbird
Plain-capped Starthroat
Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird
Purple-billed Whitetip
Purple-billed Whitetip Hummingbird
Purple-crowned Fairy
Purple-crowned Fairy Hummingbird

Purple-throated Mountain Gem
Purple-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
Rivoli's Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Shining Sunbeam
Shining Sunbeam Hummingbird

Speckled Hummingbird
Speckled Hummingbird
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Stripe-throated Hummingbird

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Sword-billed Hummingbird
Tourmaline Sunangel
Tourmaline Sunangel Hummingbird
Velvet-purple Coronet
Velvet-purple Coronet Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird
White-bellied Mountain Gem
White-bellied Mountain Gem Hummingbird
White-bellied Woodstar
White-bellied Woodstar Hummingbird

White-eared Hummingbird
White-necked Jacobin
White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
White-throated Mountain Gem
White-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird

Hummingbirds of the World, found only in the Western Hemisphere
Special thanks go out to the great nature photographers Alan Schmierer and Rolf Riethof for sharing many of their beautiful public-domain photographs of hummingbirds on this website via Flickr.