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 742,000 square kilometers. It occurs in a variety of open and arid habitats in southeastern Arizona and adjacent New Mexico, and northern and central Mexico. The global breeding population of this bird species is estimated at 2,000,000 individuals, and is large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of 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 NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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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