Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii), Madera Canyon, Santa Cruz County
This Plain-capped Starthroat was
found by Derek Muschalek on 14 May and photographed by Isaac Sanchez on 19 May 2015
Rare summer visitor to SE Arizona. Becoming
more regular, annual since 2007. Most records of
Plain-capped Starthroat in Arizona come from the
numerous feeding stations at middle elevations in the
southeast region of the state, and most have occurred
from late June through September. Most birds have been
in wing molt possibly following the rains north to molt.
Some reports may be of the same bird wandering or
Large size, very large
white malar and line behind the eye, white patch on
flanks; very long bill.
19 May 2015, photo by Isaac SanchezAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 22 May 2015