Medium-sized hummingbird with metallic green body and vibrant blue throat. Bill is bright red with black tip. Tail is black, forked, and has white undertail coverts. Legs and feet are black.Feeds on nectar and insects. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats
Breeds in southern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and western Texas. Spends winters south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Preferred habitats include canyons, foothills, and streambeds.
At night, when they are unable to feed, they lower their body temperature and slow their metabolism, thus decreasing their need for food. The intestine of a Broad-billed Hummingbird is hair thin and about two inches in length. These birds can consume up to 1.7 times their weight in nectar each day.