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Broad-billed Hummingbird

Cynanthus latirostris


This hummer has vivid iridescent colors. It is a medium sized member of the hummingbird family. They are limited to south central Arizona, down into Mexico and Central America. This bird was spotted at Tucson Audubon's Paton facility on Patagonia, AZ.


This was spotted in a wooded area, in south central AZ, north of the US/Mexico border.

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AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats AGAIN Jim, your lovely Broad-billed Hummingbird has made the top 10 bird spottings in the '2015 Best Wildlife Photo' mission! Rangers are voting on the top 10 bird spottings, and the top 3 will be announced on February 1st. The top 3 spottings will be commented on here on the site, but make sure you keep a look out on our Facebook app page for the announcement as well! Congratulations on making the top 10!

Beautiful photo! Congratulations Jim!

medusasnakes123 6 years ago

ooh, its a SOTW? cool!

medusasnakes123 6 years ago

This pic most definitely derserves a SOTD! Congrats!

Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Congrats, awesome, pretty!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Wow...thanks to all for the recognition, much appreciated!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Jim!

triggsturner 6 years ago

Congrats Jim on your SOTW! Lovely images, thank you for sharing them.

Yasser 6 years ago

Hey Jim, this beauty was chosen by our Rangers as our Spotting of the Week! Thanks for sharing this gem and congrats and the recognition!

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AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

It was a cloudy day, which accounts for most of the darkness. Much as I would like to say I take perfect photos, a few tweaks in Photoshop can sometimes (not always) make some difference.

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

Your welcome! How did you manage to take a close up with the black background? Is that a camera lighting trick?

mama bear
mama bear 6 years ago

Gorgeous! !

AshleyT 6 years ago

That's what we are here for :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

I re-checked my references, and do agree this is a Broad-billed hummer. The beak coloration pretty much distinguishes Magnificent from Broad-Bills. I took some photos of Magnificents recently, and mis-labeled these photos as being a part of that batch. Thanks Joshua and Ashley...this is the second time Ashley has helped me through my own confusion.

AshleyT 6 years ago

Agree with broad-billed, magnificents don't have a bi-colored bill :)

Jim Nelson
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Jim Nelson

Arizona, USA

Spotted on Mar 17, 2015
Submitted on Mar 23, 2015

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