Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Common Name
Black-Chinned Hummingbird
Scientific Name
Archilochus alexandri
3 3/4"
Range & Migration

Common in the mountains of the Western U.S., particularly at lower elevations, from deserts to mountain forests. Many winter along the Gulf Coast.

The Black-Chinned Hummingbird's breeding range stretches from southern British Columbia in Canada through Idaho and Nevada, south to northern Mexico, and from coastal California, Arizona through Texas, where they are relatively common spring and summer residents. They have also been reported in a number of other states.

They migrate to southern California, southern Arizona, and southern Texas or Mexico for the winter.

Characteristics and Identification

Metallic green above. Male has a black chin, violet throat. Female's throat is whitish and underparts grayish-white. The bill is black.

Black-Chinned and Ruby-Throated hummingbirds are very similar in appearance.

Black-Chinned Hummingbird in Southern California (Courtesy of Marilyn Meadows Photography)
Black-Chinned Hummingbird in Southern California
Source: Marilyn Meadows Photography
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Black-Chinned Hummingbird in flight
Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Black-Chinned Hummingbird in Arizona
Black-Chinned Hummingbird in Arizona
Source: Ken Mock, 2014

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