often inhabiting high open mountain meadows, the Broad-tailed Hummingbird is
often heard without being seen, as its wings make an odd metallic trilling when
in flight. Highly territorial, they will fiercely defend select patches of
wildflowers, with the most common opponent being each other.
found in mountain clearings and forests, up to elevations of 10,000 feet or
more. Migrants can be found in a variety of semi-open habitats, both in
the mountains and in the lowlands.
Diet: Feeds primarily on nectar. Also will feed on tiny
insects, and will drink sap from holes created by sapsuckers.
Behavior: Aggressive with others of the same
species, but sometimes dominated by other hummingbird species. Typical
hummingbird feeding behavior.
Breeding: South Dakota Birds and Birding (SDOU
2001) reports one nest with young was reported in 1874 in the Black Hills,
but no recent breeding has been identified.
Song: A musical chip
and repeated chattering.
Migration: Summers throughout much of the inland West of the United States and Mexico,
mostly at high elevations. Primarily winters in Mexico.
Feeders: Will attend feeders for sugar water.
Conservation Status: Generally stable throughout
it's normal range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Broad-tailed Hummingbird"
Photo Information: May 4th, 2008 - Ramsey Canyon,
Arizona - Terry Sohl
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