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Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Selasphorus platycercus ORDER: APODIFORMES FAMILY: TROCHILIDAE

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.

Calls

  • Calls, wings
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Chips and chitters. No song used in courtship or territory defense.

Other Sounds

Displaying male makes buzzing trill with wings.

Search the Macaulay Library online archive for more sounds and videos

Find This Bird

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.

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