Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Selasphorus platycercus

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Selasphorus platycercus, photo © by Michael Plagens

This female was observed along the upper reaches of Sycamore Creek, w. slope Mazatzal Mts., Maricopa Co., Arizona, USA. 24 July 2011.

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This is the most common hummingbird in the montane habitats of Arizona including the wooded galleries that line the better-watered canyons. Only in the special canyons of Southeast Arizona do the many other colorful hummingbirds appear with regularity. In male Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, the throat patch is irridescent red. The outer margins of the tail feathers are white and are conspicuous in both males and females.

Summer Transient - Migration to Central America for winter months

Trochilidae -- Hummingbird Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Fauna of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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