IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern
A medium-sized hummingbird of subalpine meadows, the Broad-tailed Hummingbird ranges across the south-central Rockies in summer, with most returning to Mexico and Central America during the colder months. Males make a loud trilling noise with their wingtips and perform spectacular aerial displays that make them hard to miss. To survive the cold nights in their high-elevation habitats, Broad-tailed Hummingbirds can enter torpor, slowing their heart rate, and dropping their body temperature.
Female Broad-tailed Hummingbird has plumage like Allen's and Rufous hummingbirds, but has a longer, broader tail. Adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird has redder throat, with black, not white chin.
Look out for Broad-tailed Hummingbirds at feeders. Listen for the male's loud wing trills as he guards territory around a choice feeder spot.
All About Birds blog, Here’s What to Feed Your Summer Bird Feeder Visitors, July 11, 2014.
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