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Hummingbirds of Guatemala

Map showing the location of Guatemala in Central America
Map showing the location of Guatemala in Central America

Guatemala is home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites, and a popular tourist destination for hiking, fishing, rafting, sailing, photography, and ... hummingbirds!

About Guatemala

The Republic of Guatemala is located in Central America, south of Mexico, and north of El Salvador and Honduras. Belize lies to the northeast. The country is also bordered to the south by the Pacific Ocean and to the northeast by the Gulf of Honduras. The population of the country is over 17,000,000 residents, making it the most populous country in Central America.

Guatemala is mountainous with small areas of desert and sand dunes, and the vast northern lowlands of the Petén department. Two mountain chains enter Guatemala from west to east, dividing Guatemala into three major regions: the highlands, where the mountains are located; the Pacific coast, south of the mountains, and the Petén region, north of the mountains. Southern Guatemala is the locale of 27 volcanoes. It experiences a variety of climate and temperature zones, from sea level to over 13,000 feet.

Guatemala's abundance of biologically significant and unique ecosystems includes many endemic species and contributes to Mesoamerica's designation as a biodiversity hotspot.

Over two million tourists visit Guatemala annually, including those from cruise ships visiting Guatemalan seaports.

Enjoy your hummingbird explorations in Guatemala!

Map of Guatemala

 

Hummingbird Species in Guatemala

Hummingbirds exist only in the Western Hemisphere, with nearly half of the species living in the "equatorial belt," between 10 degrees north and south of the equator. The hummingbird family is large, with 366 species and 112 genera, mostly south of the United States, and many in Guatemala.

Hummingbirds comprise the family Trochilidae, among the smallest of birds, with most species measuring in the 3"-5" range.

 

Guatemala is home to about 39 species of hummingbirds, listed below. Some hummingbirds in Guatemala do not migrate. The Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the Buff-bellied Hummingbird and a few others do migrate north into the United States in warmer months.

  • Amethyst-throated Hummingbird
  • Azure-crowned Hummingbird
  • Band-tailed Barbthroat Hummingbird
  • Beryline Hummingbird
  • Black-crested Coquette Hummingbird
  • Blue-tailed Hummingbird
  • Blue-throated Goldentail Hummingbird
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  • Brown Violet-ear Hummingbird
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird
  • Canivet's Emerald Hummingbird
  • Cinnamon Hummingbird
  • Emerald-chinned Hummingbird
  • Garnet-throated Hummingbird
  • Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird
  • Green-fronted Hummingbird
  • Green-throated Mountain Gem Hummingbird
  • Green Violet-ear Hummingbird
  • Long-billed Starthroat Hummingbird
  • Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird
  • Purple-crowned Fairy Hummingbird
  • Rivoli's Hummingbird
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Rufous Sabrewing Hummingbird
  • Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
  • Scaly-breasted Hummingbird
  • Slender Sheartail Hummingbird
  • Sparkling-tailed Hummingbird
  • Stripe-tailed Hummingbird
  • Stripe-throated Hermit Hummingbird
  • Violet-crowned Woodnymph Hummingbird
  • Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird
  • Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Hummingbird
  • Western Long-tailed Hermit Hummingbird
  • White-bellied Emerald Hummingbird
  • White-eared Hummingbird
  • White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
  • Wine-throated Hummingbird

 

Photo Highlights of Hummingbirds Found in Guatemala

Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird
Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird
Green Violet-ear Hummingbird
Green Violet-ear Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
White-necked Jacobin Hummingbird
Rivoli's Hummingbird
Rivoli's Hummingbird
Purple-crowned Fairy Hummingbird
Purple-crowned Fairy Hummingbird
Berylline Hummingbird
Berylline Hummingbird
White-eared Hummingbird
White-eared Hummingbird
Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird
Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird
Cinnamon Hummingbird
Cinnamon Hummingbird
Stripe-throated Hummingbird
Stripe-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
 
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.

 

Guatemala Travel & Tourism Resources