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Hummingbird ~ Broad-billed (Female)

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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*Cover image for Lil’ Darting Darling’s Calendar

11-12-10

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
Tucson, Arizona
Canon Powershot SX10IS

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Broad-billed hummingbird reaches the northern limit of its breeding range in riparian canyons and foothills of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico; it is relatively common up to about 5,000’ (1,500m) in varied habitats, from mesquite lowlands through higher-elevations stands of oaks, sycamores, and cottonwoods. Breeding birds are observed mostly from March to September; a few winter in the U.S.

VOICE Call a rattling tsi-tit, similar to Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • 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.
  • At night, when they are unable to feed, they lower their body temperature and slow their metabolism, thus decreasing their need for food.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", “glittering”, “hover”, “shimmer”, and "tune” of hummingbirds.

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