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Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus


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Broad-tailed Hummingbird
credit: Bill Ratcliff

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Trochilidae, Hummingbirds view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has metallic green upperparts. Underparts are mainly whitish, but with greenish patch on flanks; throat appears dark in most situations, but reveals rose-red iridescence at certain angles. Note also white eyering. ADULT FEMALE Has similarly green upperparts; throat is pale and grayspotted and underparts are otherwise pale, suffused buff, mainly on flanks. On fanned tail note white feather tips, black subterminal band, and rufous bases to outer feathers. JUVENILE Similar to adult female; acquires adult characters in winter.

Dimensions Length: 4-4 1/2" (10-11 cm)

Habitat Common summer visitor to mountains, favoring meadows and open forest. Winters in Mexico.

Observation Tips Regular visitor to feeders.

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Northwest, Texas, California

Voice Call is a metallic chic.

Discussion Tiny hummingbird with relatively long body; at rest, tail extends beyond wings. Bill is needlelike and almost straight. Beating wings of male create characteristic insectlike buzzing trill. Sexes are dissimilar.