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Broad-billed Hummingbird: Have you seen this bird?

Broad-billed Hummingbird: Have you seen this bird?

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Broad-billed Hummingbird

The Broad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris, is a medium-sized hummingbird. It is 9–10 cm long, and weighs approximately three to four grams.

The breeding habitat is in arid scrub of southeastern Arizona-(the Madrean sky islands of Arizona, extreme southwestern New Mexico and northern Sonora) in the southwestern United States to southwestern Mexico.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 3.25 inches
• Long, thin bill
• United States ranged restricted to southeastern Arizona and west Texas

Adult male:
• Bill has bright red base
• Blue throat
• Green head and body
• White undertail coverts
• Black forked tail

Female/Immature:
• Dark bill with reddish lower mandible
• Thin white line behind eye
• Grayish throat and underparts
• Green upperparts and sides
• Tail has pale outer tips
• Immature male similar to female but may have blue feathers in throat

Similar species:
The female Broad-billed Hummingbird can be told from most other female hummingbirds by it reddish lower mandible. White-eared Hummingbird has a broader white stripe behind the eye.

This hummingbird is partially migratory, retreating from northernmost areas during the winter.

These birds feed on nectar from flowers and flowering trees using a long extendable tongue or catch insects on the wing.

 

 

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