Plain-capped Starthroat - Heliomaster constantii

Photo taken at Paton's Hummingbird yard in Patagonia, Arizona on September 11, 2010. A rare bird in the United States, a few will come into Southeast Arizona each summer. This is very large hummingbird that has black bill which is extremely long. The Starthroat’s gorget is somewhat black with a red band at the base. The birds upperparts are a bronze green to olive green with a ragged white vertical stripe on lower back. Starthroats have slightly notched tails bronze green and blackish in color with white tips on outer 4 pairs of feathers. When perched their wings extend to tail tip or beyond.