SE Arizona – Wings over Sky Islands Blog Post # 3
With maybe the best biological variety in the whole United States, numerous skilled birders think Southeast Arizona to be the leading birding location. Environments vary from the Desert Scrub at lower elevations to Riparian Oases and pine forests of the remarkable “sky islands.” The intent of this blog site is for fans to learn more about the nature of these fascinating winged animals.
A Reflections of the Natural World Blog Post Series by Jim Gain
WHAT’S IN A NAME
Lucifer Hummingbird– Calothorax lucifer
Name roots: Gr. kalos lovely; thōrax breastplate; L. lucifer light-bearing
The Lucifer Hummingbird is a medium-sized (3– 4 g) hummingbird with a fairly long, decurved expense. Both sexes are rainbowlike green dorsally. The male has dull green forehead and big rainbowlike gorget showing purplish-rose or magenta, which tends to flare out at the bottom. The Lucifer Hummingbird types mostly on the dry plateau and mountain slopes of northern and main Mexico, hardly getting in the United States to reproduce in southeast Arizona.
EBIRD BAR CHART & & DISTRIBUTION MAP FOR COCHISE COUNTY
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