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  Order Apodiformes - Swifts and Hummingbirds
   Family Trochilidae - Hummingbirds
      Subfamily Trochilinae - Typical Hummingbirds

  Swifts and Hummingbirds are small birds and strong fliers that feed on the wing. They have a short, stout humerus that has provided an ideal wing structure for hovering in hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds have long, narrow wings that pivot with each beat to yield power and lift on both up- and down-strokes. They are able to hover or fly forward and backward. Their bills vary from short to long and decurved - coevolved with their favorite flowers. They feed on nectar and catch small insects. Most are sexually dimorphic.
Typical Hummingbirds often display iridescent plumage in metallic colors and the sexes are strongly dimorphic (plumage and size).
 
Reference
 
     
  Green Violet-ear, Colibri thalassinus
 
  Wiki     EoL
        WINTER - Hypothetical
            OPEN UPLAND, SCRUB
 
   Green Violet-ear. This predominantly green hummingbird is larger than a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and has a curved bill. The throat is green, the breast blue, and the broad, rounded tail is blue with a broad black band. This species breeds in Mexico and northern South America and is only a rare visitor from farther south. It occurs in secondary forest and second-growth scrub. 
 
     
  NOTES:
   Avendex: No record.
   Potter: Very rare visitor. One report/photo of an individual at a feeder in Asheville in October. No coastal record.
  ●  Hypothetical.
 
    For assistance with the identification of hummingbirds, see
        Williamson, S. L. 2001. A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America. Houghton Mifflin Co.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

       
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