Broad-billed Hummingbird

Cynanthus latirostris

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

BBIH

Code 6

CYNLAT

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Broad-billed Hummingbird has a large range, estimated globally at 770,000 square kilometers. It is native to all three nations in North America and resides in subtropical or tropical dry forests or shrublands or in deserts. The global population of the bird is estimated to be between 500,000 and 5,000,000 individuals. It is not currently believed that the population meets the decline criteria for inclusion on the IUCN Red List. The current evaluation status of the Broad-billed Hummingbird is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Broad-billed Hummingbird: Medium-sized hummingbird with metallic green body and vibrant blue throat. Bill is bright red with black tip. Tail is black, forked, and has white undertail coverts. Legs and feet are black.Feeds on nectar and insects. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Broad-billed Hummingbird: This species breeds in southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and throughout much of Mexico. Spends winters south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Strays have been recorded from southern California east to Louisiana. Its referred habitats include canyons, foothills, and streambeds.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chi-dit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • At night, when they are unable to feed, they lower their body temperature and slow their metabolism, thus decreasing their need for food.
  • The intestine of a Broad-billed Hummingbird is hair thin and about two inches in length.
  • These birds can consume up to 1.7 times their weight in nectar each day.
  • 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 Broad-billed Hummingbird

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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