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Black-chinned Hummingbird

Scientific name: Archilochus alexandri

Length: 3 inches (7.62 cm)

Identification: The black-chinned hummingbird is one of the smaller hummingbirds with a bright green back and crown, and greenish flanks. Its underside is white, while the adult male has an iridescent purple gorget (lower throat), a black face, black chin, black upper throat, and a dark tail. White distinguishes the female from the male, where the female has a white chin, white throat, and white tipped outer tail feathers. Various amounts of thin dark streaking also occurs on the female.

Habitat and range: This hummer is found commonly in the woodlands throughout southwestern United States and central Texas. It ranges up to British Columbia and winters in Mexico.

FYI: Unlike most birds, the hummingbird's wing is joined to its body only from the shoulder joint, allowing it supple movement and an axial rotation through 180°. Sources: "Hummingbird," The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2002, Vol. 6, p. 144 and Alexander F. Skutch, The Life of the Hummingbird (New York: Vineyard Books, Inc., 1973), p. 28. Hovering flight is accomplished by the hummingbird tracing its wings in a figure eight forwards and backwards. The hummingbird's wing strokes are so powerful because one-third of the hummingbird's body weight is dedicated to its breast muscles. Source: "Hummingbird," The International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 1969, Vol. 9, p. 1136. A clutch of hummingbird eggs -- generally two -- incubates in 13-16 days. Source:
USGS: Migratory Bird Research

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Select a hummingbird by its name:
(in alphabetical order)

Allen's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird
Blue-throated Hummingbird


Booted Racket-tail Hummingbird


Broad-billed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbird


Calliope Hummingbird


Costa's Hummingbird
Crimson Topaz Hummingbird


Long-tailed Hermit Hummingbird


Magnificent (Rivoli's) Hummingbird
Peruvian Sheartail Hummingbird   Plain-capped Starthroat Hummingbird   Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   Rufous Hummingbird   Sword-billed Hummingbird
Violet-crowned Hummingbird   White-eared Hummingbird   Xantus' Hummingbird

Select a hummingbird's nest by its name: (in alphabetical order)

Allen's Hummingbird (nest) & another

Anna's Hummingbird (nest) & another

Bearded Helmetcrest Hummingbird (nest)
Black-chinned Hummingbird (nest) & another & with mother


Broad-billed Hummingbird (eggs only)


Buff-bellied Hummingbird (nest)
Calliope Hummingbird (nest)


Costa's Hummingbird (nest) & another & with mother


Fork-tailed Emerald Hummingbird (nest)
Giant Hummingbird (nest)


Glittering-bellied Emerald Hummingbird (nest)


Golden-bellied Starfrontlet Hummingbird (nest)
Purple-throated Sunangel Hummingbird (nest)   Ruby-throated Hummingbird (nest)   Rufous Hummingbird (nest) & with parents
Sappho Comet Hummingbird (nest)   Xantus' Hummingbird (nest)  

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