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Broad-billed humming bird

Habitat:

Catalina foothills

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Broad-billed humming bird
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7 Comments

apeachg
apeachg 8 years ago

The broad-billed hummers are not large for hummingbirds, so perhaps it is a species with which I am unfamiliar that happens to look very much like the same bird. Let me know if you spot him again!

I suppose you could be right about the size. Are the broad-billed slightly larger than the standard humming bird? I don't mean to miss lead, I just remember it as a bit larger

apeachg
apeachg 8 years ago

If I might propose that the size of the bird was hard to determine and that perhaps it was smaller than you thought (I always have trouble judging size when there are not nearby birds to compare against), then I am quite sure it is a Broad-Billed hummingbird. I live in Tucson and see these all the time, they are absolutely stunning - especially the blue/green males, which is what you appear to have in your picture. Hope it helps!

I wish I knew. It was taken in Ventana Canyon moments before we got stuck in a huge storm which turned to a freak Arizona snow if that helps. We also spotted an Ocelot that day and found later that they are very rare in that area

apeachg
apeachg 8 years ago

Strange, it looks exactly like a male Broad-Billed hummingbird, but from your description it is far too large. I wonder what it could be?

It was a bit larger than a humming bird. About the size of a cactus wren

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

How large was it? Looks like a Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris). According to eBird, they're expanding their range.

Tucson, Arizona, USA

Spotted on Feb 10, 2010
Submitted on Apr 6, 2012

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