Berylline Hummingbird is unique to the Santa Rita Mountains, where you will see it in Madera Canyon almost exclusively. Occasionally it has been spotted in Ramsey Canyon of the Huachuca Mountains. This hummingbird is considered an “accidental” species, since it is not known to breed in the United States.
is medium sized hummer, with iridescent green covering it nearly head to toe from the back down the throat and breast. The wings and tail are reddish-brown or rufous in coloring. The top of their beak is black, while the lower beak has red at the base.
The Berylline Hummingbird likes to feed on both nectar and insects, instead of focusing just on nectar like many hummingbird species.
If you see this bird on a birding trek in Madera Canyon, consider yourself lucky. People come from all over the world to catch a glimpse of this unique bird, often leaving in disappointment.
Reference: The Nature of Madera Canyon by Douglas W. Moore, Friends of Madera, 1999; whatbird.com