North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 16 F I R S T U. S . R E C O R D O F A M E T H Y S T - T H R O AT E D H U M M I N G B I R D West Texas Avian Research, Inc., our non- profit organization, provides support for the West Texas Hummingbird Project; to follow the progress and the results of that study go to Review of and comments on the original manuscript by Fred Bassett, Eric Carpenter, and Randy Pinkston were greatly appreciated. Literature Cited American Ornithologists' Union. 1998. The A.O.U. Check-list of North American Birds, 7th ed. Allen Press, Lawrence. Bryan, K. B. and J. P. Karges. 2001. Recent bird records in the Davis Mountains. Texas Birds 3(1): 41–53. Bryan, K. B., M. Eastman, and M. Eastman. 2014. Breeding status of the Broad-billed and White- eared hummingbirds in Texas. Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society 47(1–2): 45–50. Edmunds, R., M. C. Arizmendi, C. Rodríguez-Flores, and C. Soberanes-González. 2011. Amethyst- throated Hummingbird (Lampornis amethysti - nus), in: T. S. Schulenberg, ed., Neotropical Birds Online. ( Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca. Howell, S. N. G. and S. Webb. 1995. A Guide to The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. Ox - ford University Press, New York. Lockwood, M. W. 2007. Texas Bird Records Commit - tee report for 2006. Bulletin of the Texas Ornitho- logical Society 40 (2): 41-49. n and back were both green; only the tail was dark in color, suggesting something other than a Lampornis species (fide Sheri Williamson). Although Amethyst-throated Hummingbird has been considered a possible vagrant to the U.S. and Canada, the Texas and Québec re - cords are remarkable. Even altitudinal move- ments by this species within its range are not well-known or documented. Therefore, the ex - act reason these two individuals chose to wan- der so far north is a mystery. With that said, it is well known that hummingbirds have a history of showing up in extraordinary places; howev - er, the Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, while occasionally mentioned as a possible next spe - cies, was not at the top of the list of potential additions to the Texas or U.S. list. All the more, a reason for hummingbird lovers to pay close attention to the birds coming to their feeders, regardless of their location. Acknowledgments Many thanks go to Charles Eldermire, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for his assistance with documenting this important occurrence. Denault. Upon consultation with local experts, the similar Blue-throated Hummingbird was ruled out, and it was determined to be an Ame - thyst-throated Hummingbird. As with the bird found in Texas, the Québec bird was identified through a combination of first-hand review, text conversation, and discussion of excellent photographic documentation. As the Québec hummingbird was located in a residential area, few observers were able to enjoy it. Based upon the records being accepted by their respective bird records committees and the wonderful documentation provided by the observers, the ABA Checklist Committee has accepted both Amethyst-throated Hummingbird records. There is also one previous report of this spe- cies occurring in Texas and the U.S., in San Benito, Cameron County, on 4 July 2006 by Ter - ry Fuller. Unfortunately, the two extremely blur- ry photographs obtained and the written details accompanying the observation were deemed in - sufficient by the Texas Bird Records Committee to stand as a first state and U.S. record (Lock - wood 2007). Furthermore, additional scrutiny of one photograph clearly shows that the rump Fig. 5. Aside from the remarkable fact that this bird was documented a matter of just a few months after the first Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, the manner of its discovery is also fascinating. The use of webcams to find and document this sighting speaks to the increasingly varied and vibrant place modern technologies have in everyday birding. Photo by © Kelly B. Bryan. Fig. 6. Although one is naturally attracted to the striking beauty of the Amethyst-throated Hummingbird's head and breast, the comparatively drab tail is arguably the most important feature to look at! This photo shows the dark and faintly patterned, which is quite unlike the bold black- and-white pattern of the Blue-throated Hummingbird. Photo by © Kelly B. Bryan.

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