Meet the Magnificent Rivoli’s Hummingbird

Rivoli’s Hummingbird: What Does It Look Like? An adult man Rivoli's hummingbirds sparkle more than most US hummingbirds.

Males can be identified by their teal green gorgets and purplish crest feathers. His back feathers are iridescent dark green, not black.

Female Rivoli's are harder to distinguish from other species. She resembles numerous young or female hummingbirds at first glance. To identify her, look for the second, definite white stripe from her bill to just behind her eye and the green feathers on her back.

Where are Rivoli's hummingbirds? To find a Rivoli's, head south. Only during breeding season do these gem-colored fliers enter the US.

They fly to mountainous Southwest locales, including lower Arizona and New Mexico. You might discover one on the far west side of Texas during breeding season, but it's rare.

“What we have in the U.S. is a breeding population,” Tice says. You may find them year-round in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. Tice also noted that the birds move to Arizona and New Mexico's sky island mountain ranges annually.

Rivoli Hummingbird Diet Rivoli's hummingbirds aren't backyard birds due to their limited range. Residents of the location they migrate to each year may be able to bring them in.  

“It’ll come to hummingbird feeders,” Tice says. “They won't come to your feeders in downtown Santa Fe or Tuscon, but if you have a summer cabin on the Catalinas, they will.”