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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

Violet-Crowned Hummingbird: 21 Facts You Won't Believe!

Read these violet-crowned hummingbird facts to learn more about this bird.

The violet-crowned hummingbird (Leucolia violiceps) belongs to the family Trochilidae. The population of this species is distributed in the range that includes southeastern Arizona, southwestern Mexico as the breeding range and the non-breeding range includes southernmost California and southwest Texas. The types of habitat these birds inhabit are streamsides, canyons, and sycamore groves. This bird is commonly found in tall tree groves with lowland streams and a brushy understory. Not a lot of information is available about the reproduction of this species but it has been recorded that two white eggs are laid and the incubation is done by the female alone. The nest is also built by the female alone using plant fibers, spider webs, and grasses in trees. Incubation takes place for about two weeks or more.

As the name of this species states, these birds have violet-bluish crowns and a white under plumage. The back of this hummingbird is known to be emerald or olive green in color and the tail is brown or olive green in color. The bill is slim and straight and is reddish or orange colored and has a black tip. Adult males and females look similar but a female is known to have a paler plumage. This species is known to feed on small insects and nectar that is taken from flowers. The calls of this bird are known to be descending syllables. These hummingbirds are placed under the Least Concern category of conservation status by the IUCN.

Continue reading for more fascinating facts about these birds and if you are interested, read our articles on the bee-eater and cockatoo.

Violet-Crowned Hummingbird Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a violet-crowned hummingbird?

It is a species of bird.

What class of animal does a violet-crowned hummingbird belong to?

It belongs to the class of Aves of birds.

How many violet-crowned hummingbirds are there in the world?

The population of this bird is estimated to be around 500,000-5,000,000 individuals globally.  

Where does a violet-crowned hummingbird live?

The violet-crowned hummingbird range can be divided into two parts, that is, the breeding and non-breeding one. The breeding range of this species is in southeastern Arizona and southwestern Mexico, and the non-breeding range includes southernmost California and southwest Texas.

What is a violet-crowned hummingbird's habitat?

The types of habitat these birds inhabit are streamsides, canyons, and sycamore groves. It is commonly found in tall tree groves with lowland streams and a brushy understory. The Mexican violet-crowned hummingbird or the Mexican population is known to inhabit semi-arid thorn forests, scrubs, oak, and riparian woodlands.

Who do violet-crowned hummingbirds live with?

Just like other hummingbirds, this species is known to be a solitary one. However, they come together during the breeding season to find a mate. A group of hummingbirds is referred to as glittering, hover, shimmer, and bouquet.

How long does a violet-crowned hummingbird live?

The lifespan of these birds is known to be around six years.

How do they reproduce?

It is believed that males attract females by flying in a U-shaped pattern in front of them. The nest site of these birds consists of deciduous trees and large shrubs. A male violet crowned hummingbird is known to play no part in helping to rear the chicks and are known to leave just after copulation. The female violet-crowned hummingbird constructs the nest. The nest is built using grasses, spider webs, and plant fibers. Two white eggs are laid and the incubation is done by the female alone. Incubation takes place for about two weeks or more. Females are also known to feed the young ones.

What is their conservation status?

This species is placed under the Least Concern category of conservation status by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Violet-Crowned Hummingbird Fun Facts

What do violet-crowned hummingbirds look like?

As the name suggests, these hummingbirds have an iridescent violet-bluish crown and a white-colored under plumage. The back of this hummingbird is known to be emerald or olive green in color and the tail is brown or olive green in color. The bill of these hummingbirds is slender and straight and is reddish or orange colored and has a black tip. Males, females, and juveniles are known to have similar appearances but the plumage of females and juveniles or the young ones is known to be slightly less colorful as compared to a male. The crown is light green in color.

The bill and crown of these birds are some of its most recognizable features.

How cute are they?

These birds are considered cute because of their small size.

How do they communicate?

Just like other bird species, these birds are also known to produce a number of different sounds and calls to communicate with each other. The song or calls of this hummingbird is known to be a string of high and descending syllables.

How big is a violet-crowned hummingbird?

This bird is around 4 in (10 cm) in length. These birds are known to be smaller than a rufous hummingbird and slightly larger than the calliope hummingbird.

How fast can a violet-crowned hummingbird fly?

Hummingbirds, in general, are known to fly at a speed of about 20-30 mph (32-48 kph). Their flight is known to be direct and hovering.

How much does a violet-crowned hummingbird weigh?

The weight of this hummingbird species is around 0.17 oz (5 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

A female hummingbird is referred to as a hen.  

What would you call a baby violet-crowned hummingbird?

There is no particular name for a baby of this species but in general, it is referred to as nestling, chick, or hatchling.

What do they eat?

The diet of this hummingbird species commonly consists of small insects and nectar taken from flowers.

Are they poisonous?

This bird species is not considered poisonous.

Would they make a good pet?

Not enough information is available about these birds as pets.

Did you know...

It is believed that violet-crowned hummingbirds are the only American hummingbirds that do not possess a gorget or a throat patch that is brightly colored.

These hummingbirds are commonly found in sycamore stands and cottonwood trees that are in desert canyons along streams.

Most of the hummingbird species range from 3-5 in (8-13 cm).

While feeding, females are known to push down the food almost into the stomachs of the chicks using their long bills.  

Are violet-crowned hummingbirds endangered?

No, the violet-crowned hummingbird is not Endangered and thus, not a lot of information is available about the protection or conservation of these birds.

What's the difference between a violet-crowned hummingbird and a violetear?

While both birds are species of hummingbirds, there exists certain differences between both the birds. Violetears are known to have rounded tails and a black bill that is short, whereas, the other species are known to have slender and reddish-orange bills. Voletears are known to have a green plumage with a violet-blue patch on the back, whereas, the violet-crowned hummingbird is known to have white under plumage and a greenish back. There are around five subspecies of the violetear.  

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our blue jay facts and hummingbird facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable violet-crowned hummingbird coloring pages.

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