Broad-billed Hummingbird Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A rather small hummingbird with a long, straight bill and a tail that is notched in the center. Males have fuller tails than females, with rounded corners (females’ tails have squared corners).

    Relative Size

    About the size of a Ruby-throated or Black-chinned Hummingbird, smaller than a Blue-throated Mountain-gem.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Weight: 0.1-0.1 oz (3-4 g)

Regional Differences

Ornithologists recognize 5 or 6 similar subspecies in Mexico. In the United States, only the subspecies magicus is known to occur.