In the low desert, Anna's, Costa's, and Black-chinned are most common. Migration season brings Rufous Hummingbirds with relative frequency. Move into the Southeastern Sky Islands, and you'll see Blue-throated, Magnificent, Calliope, and Broad-tailed with frequency. With luck, you'll add Plain-capped Starthoat, Lucifer, Violet-crowned, Berryline, and White-eared. In this laundry-list of birds, you may even see Allen's during migration, if you are skilled enough to distinguish it from Rufous.
Adding in today's subject, the Broad-billed (Cynanthus latirostris), and there are 14 species that visit Arizona!
|Broad-billed Hummingbird, Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, AZ|
The Broad-billed is generally nondescript in other aspects aside from its appearance. It is known to be a "mild mannered" hummingbird - much less combative than other hummingbirds.
|Broad-billed Hummingbird, near Tucson, AZ|