Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Common Name
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
Scientific Name
Selasphorus platycercus
Range & Migration

Summers in the mountains of the West, particularly in the high elevations of California, Mexico, and the southern and central Rocky Mountains. Casual fall and winter visitor to the Gulf coast.

Broad-Tailed hummingbirds migrate north in the spring leaving behind the non-migrant populations in central Mexico.

During spring migration, males reach southern Arizona in late February or early March, northern Arizona in early April, Colorado in late April to late May, Wyoming in mid-May, and Idaho/Southern Montana by late May.

After breeding, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds start their south-bound migration into their winter range in the highlands of Mexico south to Guatemala.

Characteristics and Identification
Male has red-rose throat, with white underparts and green sides. Adult female has white throat speckled with iridescent green or bronze. Wing beats produce loud, harsh, whistling sounds. Differentiated from Ruby-Throated by its primarily Western range, and rounded rather than forked tail.

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

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