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Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri


My accuracy in ID-ing hummingbirds has suffered in the past...but I am fairly sure that pictured is a female black-chinned hummingbird, based on research in the Peterson Field Guide. We have what I believe to be a mating pair where we live. The male courts this one by flying back and forth in an arc front of her, making a sort of whirring noise.


These birds are attracted to our feeder, in an urban area in the Mojave Desert.


I note the attached Wikipedia article indicates Nevada to be this bird's breeding range, and they winter in Mexico and Central America. I have seen these birds in Nevada as early as mid-February...probably due to the early spring.

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AshleyT 5 years ago

Congrats Jim, your lovely Black-chinned 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!

okiegirl85 6 years ago

Fantastic shot!

AshleyT 6 years ago

I'm no expert on female hummingbirds, but from what I can tell it looks right :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Ashley...I thought if my ID on this bird is certified by you and Josh, I got it right. I feel better now.

AshleyT 6 years ago

Congrats Jim, beautiful photo!

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 6 years ago

Superb caption

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Thanks Yasser and all...I appreciate your comments.

MicheleTorrisi 6 years ago

Bellissima foto...Complimenti...

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Congratulations. Really, a spectacular shot.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 6 years ago

beautiful shot.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

great spotting!!Congrats Jim!!

Yasser 6 years ago

Congrats Jim! This super snapshot has earned you a well-deserved Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing this beauty with us and we can't wait to see what you encounter next. Congrats again!


outsidegirl0 6 years ago

cool capture Jim!

CalebSteindel 6 years ago

terrific shot, jim!

Jim Nelson
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Jim Nelson

Nevada, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2014
Submitted on May 19, 2015

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