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Broad-billed Hummingbird

Cynanthus latirostris

Length: 4 inches Wingspan: 5.75 inches Seasonality: Non-resident in South Dakota
ID Keys: Long bill with broad reddish-orange bill, dark bluish-black tail with notch, blue-green body (male)

Broad-billed Hummingbird - Cyanthus latirostrisThe Broad-billed Hummingbird is a very common bird of lower to medium elevations in southern Arizona during the summer breeding season, despite that being the far northern reaches of its normal range.  The primary range for the species also includes a large swath of western Mexico.  The brilliantly colored males are recognizable from their (relatively) broad, orangish-red bill, a dark blue gorget, and a brilliant bluish-green body.  Males can often be seen courting females,by first approaching, hovering directly in front of the female, and then performing u-shaped courtship flights as the female observes.  Males can also be quite territorial, resting on a high perch over a "claimed" territory and chasing away any intruders.

Habitat: Broad-billed Hummingbirds can be found in a variety of semi-open habitats, usually at lower to moderate elevations in their Arizona range.  This may include riparian areas, thickets of mesquite and other brush with adjacent open areas, or open woodlands.

Diet: Feeds as do other hummingbirds, favoring tubular flowers that are red or orange in color. They will also consume many tiny insects. 

Nesting: Nest is a small cup obuilt of bits of dried vegetation and spider webs, and is typically built between 4 and 10 feet from the ground. 

Song: Song is a high tinkly series of notes with a buzzy ending. 

Migration: Birds in Arizona are most often found in the summer breeding season.  A few may be found in the fall and winter months.

Interactive eBird Map: Click to access an interactive eBird map of Broad-billed Hummingbird sightings

Similar Species: Magnificent Hummingbird, White-eared Hummingbird, Berylline Hummingbird, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Blue-throated Hummingbird

Feeders: Will attend hummingbird feeders for nectar.

Conservation Status: Common throughout normal range, no conservation concerns at the present time.

Further Information: 1) WhatBird - Broad-billed Hummingbird

2) USGS InfoCenter - Broad-billed Hummingbird

3) Audubon Guide - Broad-billed Hummingbird

Photo Information: April 22nd, 2014 - Tucson, Arizona - Terry Sohl

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Broad-billed Hummingbird - Range Map
South Dakota Status: Non-resident in South Dakota

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