Green-violetear Hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus); first record for Alabama

Published in 1996

On 31 October 1995, our daughter, Donna Berger, read on America Online of a violent-eared hummingbird. She succeeded in locating the sender, Jerry Moulder of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and the people who currently had the bird at their hummingbird feeder, Jim and Barbara Heath of 12931 Shady Drive, Grand Bay (Mobile County), Alabama . My conversation with the Heath’s convinced us that they had a big hummingbird with blue feathers . Although Mrs. Heath was convinced it was a Green violet-ear, we considered the Bluethroated (Lampornis clemenciae) and Broad-billed (Cynanthus latirostris) as being a slight possibility. None of the three possibilities have ever been seen in Alabama. However, we were aware of sightings in Texas, Arkansas, and North Carolina.

Author: Robert R. Sargent, Martha B. Sargent, Duane J. Berger, and Donna G. Burger
Volume Number: 42 Year Published: 1996
Issue Number: 2
Page Number: 7

Link to article: 42 No. 2_1996_p7-10.pdf
Link to the full issue of BirdLife: 42 No. 2_1996.pdf