BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD


Cynanthus latirostris


Description:

The Broad-billed Hummingbird is an amazingly beautiful bird that can consume up to 1.7 times its body weight in nectar every day. It also feeds on insects.


Appearance:

General: 3.25 to 4 inches in length.

Adult Male: Green head and body. Bright metallic-blue throat. Long, thin, bright reddish-orange bill with black tip. Small white spot behind eye. White undertail coverts and lower abdomen. Broad, dark steel-blue, forked tail. Immature similar to female, but may have blue throat feathers.

Adult Female: Green upperparts and sides. Grayish throat and underparts. Long, thin, dark bill with reddish lower mandible. Thin, white line behind eye. Broad, bronze-green, forked tail with pale outer tips.


Habitat:

Desert canyons, arid scrub, mesquite, open deciduous forest, and semi-desert.


Nesting:

2 white eggs. The eggs have an ? day incubation period. Fledging occurs in ? days. The nest is loosely woven cup built on a vertical branch of a streamside tree.


Observed Locations:

  • Borrego Springs, Anza Borrego Desert





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