Xantus's Hummingbird

Hylocharis xantusii

Related to the White-eared Hummingbird but resident only in Baja, this hummingbird is the most distinctive of the few Baja specialty birds. A female of this species once strayed north to Ventura, California, where it actually built a nest and laid eggs that did not hatch. Another once strayed all the way north to British Columbia.
Family Hummingbirds
Related to the White-eared Hummingbird but resident only in Baja, this hummingbird is the most distinctive of the few Baja specialty birds. A female of this species once strayed north to Ventura, California, where it actually built a nest and laid eggs that did not hatch. Another once strayed all the way north to British Columbia.
Photo Gallery
  • adult male



Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

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Songs and Calls
A low, fast rattle, also high chips (which appear to be a territorial warning).
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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