Lucifer Hummingbird (Calothorax lucifer), Willow Canyon, Santa Catalinas , Pima County
This female Lucifer Hummingbird was discovered Moez Ali and Jacob Faust on 29 July 2009 coming to a cabin feeder in Willow Canyon at 7000 feet in pine forest on Mt. Lemmon. It was photographed by Jacob at the same time.
Away from the one regular location in Ash Canyon, Lucifer Hummingbird is a
casual summer visitor to the borderlands mountains of SE Arizona .
However, this bird is both far north of and at much higher elevation than most
previous records. It is possibly the most northerly record for the state
and the first for the Catalinas. If anyone knows of any previous
records for the Catalinas or any records further north, please
email the photoeditor.
Long, all dark, arched bill diagnostic
Dark auricular stripe distinctive
and buffy eyebrow prominent
Wing tips shorter than tail (tips held below tail in photo)
Buff on flanks visible
29 July 2009, photo by Jacob FaustAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 13 August 2009