Plain-capped Starthroat (Heliomaster constantii), Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Santa Cruz County
This Plain-capped Starthroat was
found and photographed by Katherine Cudney on 29 September 2015
A Plain-capped Starthroat has been present at a near by
Patagonia residence where it was found by Randy Moore on
9 September 2015 and present through 27 September.
Though this is the first report from the Paton Center
there is a strong possibility they are the same
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; from this photo it is difficult to tell
whether the wings are in active molt. Some reports may
be of returning birds.
size, ruby gorget, very large white malar and line
behind the eye as well as on the rump.
29 September 2015, photo by Katherine CudneyAll photos are copyrighted© by photographer
Submitted on 04 October 2015