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Hummingbirds of West Texas

A Quick reference guide to status and distribution by Kelly B. Bryan
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With the unexpected addition of Buff-bellied Hummingbird found in the Christmas Mountains of Brewster County in the fall of 2012, West Texas can now boast 17 of the 18 species that regularly occur in Texas today. Only Green-breasted Mango has not been documented from this region. However, this list includes 18 species because one species, Cinnamon Hummingbird, did occur in the region but not within Texas itself (details listed below). With the highest diversity of any region in Texas and one rivaling that of southeastern Arizona, West Texas is the place to go for hummingbird watching. Late summer and early fall can provide unforgettable experiences especially in places like the Davis Mountains. It is just a matter of time before a new species is added to the state list from this region. Plain-capped Starthroat would be a prime candidate for that inclusion.
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