Although still a minor U.S. breeding species, the Buff-bellied
appears to be expanding into the coastal states as Mexican
habitat is lost to agriculture. Buff-bellied nests are built
in low bushes, usually less than five feet off the ground.
Average weight: male 4.05 g, female 3.67 g.
Adult male: Metallic green back, crown, and throat; rusty
sides, belly, and tail feathers; white eye ring.
Adult female: Almost identical to male.
Observed in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi,
South Carolina, and Texas. Winters in eastern coastal Mexico.
For more information, see the USGS species