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Broad-billed Hummingbird

Scientific name: Cyanthus latirostris

Length: 3 1/4 - 4 inches (8 - 10 cm)

Identification: This is a medium sized, stocky hummingbird. A blue-black notched tail identifies the male, while a square tail with white outer tips sets apart the female. Dark green above and below, the male has an iridescent blue gorget (throat), a basically red-orange bill with blackish tip, and white undertail coverts. Duller green above and grey below, the female has a red-orange bill and a white eye stripe.

Habitat and range: The broad-billed hummingbird is found in Mexico, southern Arizona, and western Texas, typically in desert canyons and mesquite thickets of arid lowlands.

FYI: Apparent differences in the color and appearance of the hummingbird are due to the iridescent parts of the feathers, where a change in the angle of viewing in relationship to the sun will make the hummingbird seemingly change colors. Found from the southern end of Alaska to the southern tip of South America, the hummingbird is found only in the western hemisphere. They are most commonly found in South America. Source: "Hummingbird," The International Wildlife Encyclopedia, 1969, Vol. 9, p. 1136. Since our perception of hummingbirds is a flurry of motion and movement, it is somewhat unusual to find that the broad-billed hummingbird may often sit on a high perch for long periods. Source:
National Wildlife Federation

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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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