The Broad-billed Hummingbird is dark green above, has white undertail coverts, and a reddish bill.
Female- Green upperparts and sides
- Whitish belly.
- Dull red bill.
- Narrow white eye stripe.
- Tail has pale outer tips
Female Broad-billed Hummingbird can be told from most other female hummingbirds by it reddish lower mandible.
Seasonal change in appearanceNone.
JuvenileJuveniles are similar to adult females.
HabitatOak woodlands and desert canyons.
DietNectar and insects.
BehaviorForages by hovering.
RangeBreeds in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico as well as a large part of Mexico. Winters locally in Arizona as well as Mexico.
Bent Life History
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Evidence suggests that at least some Broad-billed Hummingbirds return to the same breeding areas in subsequent years.
Females use wing-flapping to help mold the nest to her body.
VocalizationsThe call is a chattering sound similar to that of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
The nest is a cup of grass and spider silk camouflaged with bark and leaves. It is placed on a branch or in a fork of a tree or shrub.
Incubation and fledging:
- Young hatch at 14-18 days.
- Young fledge (leave the nest) at an unknown age but likely remain with the female for some time.
Broad-billed Hummingbirds will come to nectar feeders and flowering plants.