Broad-billed Hummingbird

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Broad-billed Hummingbirds have an extremely limited United States range, confined almost entirely to Arizona’s southeastern corner. Most of their range extends down into Mexico.

However, as limited as these hummingbirds’ range may be in the United States, they are a fairly common sight in the Tucson area. They favor wooded areas with a bit of water. I’ve seen them in Sabino Canyon’s riparian area and in the woodlands of some of the taller mountains within driving range of Tucson. Occasionally, they show up in suburban backyards.

The males of this species are easy to identify by their red beaks and the iridescent blue plumage on their throats.

They are aggressive foragers, sometimes squabbling with other hummingbirds. Like all hummingbirds, Broad-billed Hummingbirds are extraordinarily nimble little fliers, capable of impressive aerial maneuvers.

I don’t find any hummingbird species to be easy to photograph but I find Broad-billed Hummingbirds to be slightly less difficult subjects than are some other species. These birds are so intent on feeding that they seem to ignore photographers, even when the photographers are standing just 2-3 meters away from the food source.

Images made with a Canon R5, Canon EF 400mm DO II lens+Canon EF 1.4x telextender, M setting (auto ISO), ISOs varied, first and second image, f5.6 @ 1/2000, third image, f5.6 @ 1/2500.

2 Replies to “Broad-billed Hummingbird”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Beautifully captured! πŸ™‚

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