The Hummingbirds of Texas

Eighteen different species of hummingbirds have been found in the state of Texas, and another seven species are thought to be close to the state so they could potentially be in our region of the state. In Southeast Texas, where I live, the most common hummingbird to be found here is the Ruby-throated hummingbird. During the spring migration season, which last from March through May, they will pass through here on the journey northward. Then beginning in mid-July the birds that are migrating southwards begin to appear and the number of birds will increase in September.   
There are several species of hummingbirds that spend the winter months in Texas. The most common species of hummingbirds to do this are the Rufous and the Black-chinned hummingbirds. It is rare but you will also occasionally find Allen’s, Anna’s, Calliope, Costa’s, Broad-tailed and Buff-bellied hummingbirds.
Occasionally, a much rarer species of hummingbird such as Broad-billed or even a Green-breasted Mango or Green Violet-ear appear in Texas. Many avid hummingbird watchers hope that they will one day be lucky enough to see one of these extremely rare hummingbirds at their hummingbird feeder.

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