Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BCHU

Code 6

ARCALE

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is a small hummingbird averaging only 3 ¼ inches long at maturity. This species is fairly widespread in its favorite breeding areas, which include open, semi-arid land near water. These birds are commonly found in the western United States, northern Mexico, and southern British Columbia. They typically migrate to Mexico for the winter, and like to feed on plant nectar and insects. The Black-chinned Hummingbird feeds on these insects after catching them with their wings. Due to the bird’s small size, larger birds mistake them for insects and food. The Black-chinned Hummingbird currently has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black-chinned Hummingbird: Medium hummingbird with metallic green upperparts, gray underparts, white breast, green-washed flanks. Head appears black overall with white spot behind eye; cap is very dark green. Throat is iridescent violet; bill is long and slightly decurved. Forked tail is dark green with black outer tail feathers.


Range and Habitat

Black-chinned Hummingbird: This species breeds from southern British Columbia south across the western states to northern Mexico and central Texas. It spends winters in western coastal Mexico and along the Gulf Coast. Preferred habitats include mountain and alpine meadows, woodlands, canyons with thickets, chaparral, and orchards.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"teew-teew-twee", " tchew-tchew-twhew"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In cold weather, a Black-chinned Hummingbird may ingest three times its body weight in nectar in one day.
  • Their nest can expand as nestlings grow. The spider and insect silk holding it together stretches and allows the nest to grow along with the growing chicks.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Black-chinned Hummingbird

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
Outer tail feathersX
The tail feathers farthest from the center.
GorgetX
A small iridescent patch on the throat of a hummingbird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X