Link to enlarge image K5741 © Justin Kerr Charles Zidar

Family:  Trochilidae
Genus:  Amazilia
Species:  tzacatl
Authority:  De la Llave, 1833
Common Name:  Rufous-tailed Hummingbird
Maya Name:  Ts’unu’un
Faunal Type:  Bird
Depictions:  Polychrome Ceramics
Significance:  Hummingbirds are frequently depicted in Maya art. They may have been revered for their speed and agility. Their irridescent color and small size may have also played a part in Maya reverence. Elite crafts may have been made from their feathers.
Photos:  Click on an image below for high resolution comparison.

Other Faunal Photos:   Additional views of the faunal species, click on a photo below to view larger image.
Artifact Photo(s) Courtesy of Justin Kerr (FAMSI); Animal Photo(s) Courtesy of Wikipedia GNU General Public License Version 1.2, November 2002; Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0/2.5 License(s).

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