English and Scientific names:

Magnificent Hummingbird (Eugenes fulgens)

Number of individuals: 

1 immature male

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

St. Tammany Parish


Specific Locality:

Slidell, LA at a home on Bayou Liberty off Thompson Road; 30.16N/89.49W


Date(s) when observed:

November 10-29, 2004



Time(s) of day when observed:  

Generally one or two sightings between 7:30 and 10:30am; occasionally 4:45-5:00pm.


Reporting observer and address:

Linda Beall

Covington, LA 




Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Bill Wayman, Linda Keefer


Other observers reporter who independently identified the bird(s):

Nancy Newfield and Dave Patton


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Bird was seen in excellent lighting conditions, at feeders and perched in trees or bushes.


Optical equipment: 

8x42 Eagle Rangers/exc. condition; digital video camcorder with a long lens


Distance to bird(s): 

8 ft

Duration of observation:



On the bayou, with wax myrtle thickets, deciduous hardwoods (i.e. gum, tallow, oak, maple), palmetto; stands of pines nearby.



Behavior of bird: 

Very large, dark-looking hummingbird with a bright green central gorget used a feeder, then perched in wax myrtle.  Because of the size of the bird and length of the bill, the bird would assume an extremely upright position to use the feeder while it perched.


 Not Blue-throated because of green/turquoise gorget feathers, and small whitish tips on outer tail feathers.


Larger than Buff-bellied; dingy, scaly underparts (not buffy); dark tail (not rufous)with small white tips on outer feather; no gorget feathers on breast (no bib); black bill.


Larger than Broad-billed; no tail-wagging; scaly underparts; black bill; gorget feathers bright green or turquoise.





Warbler-like 'chip' note, faster-paced and higher-pitched.


Similar species:



Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Digital video by Bill Wayman (mailed separately); digiscope images by Dave Patton; digital images by Dr. Joe Turner.



Previous experience with this species: 

Limited; 1 adult male and female in Spirit Canyon, New Mexico.


Identification aids:

 Hummingbirds of North America by Sheri L. Williamson; Hummingbirds of North America, the Photographic Guide by Steve N. G. Howell


This description is written from: 

notes at observation


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 




Linda Beall


Date and time: 

 January 7, 2005  7:04pm