The broad-tailed hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) is a medium-sized hummingbird, nearly 4 in (10 cm) in length. It is one of seven species in the genus Selasphorus.

Male and female both have iridescent green backs and crowns and a white breast. The male has a gorget (throat patch) that shines with a brilliant pink-red iridescence and a broad, predominantly black tail accented with varying amounts of green, rufous, and occasionally white. The female is much duller with pale rust-colored sides and outer tail feathers banded in rufous, green, black, and white. In flight the male's wings produce a distinct trilling sound diagnostic for this species.

The summer range of the broad-tailed hummingbird extends across mountain forests and meadows throughout the Western United States, specifically the central Rocky Mountain region and southwards; the resident birds range from the cordilleran mountain areas of northern Mexico as far south as Guatemala. At summer's end the northerly birds migrate and overwinter in the southern part of their range. This species is somewhat vagrant, especially wintering birds, and is regularly seen in El Salvador where it does not breed. They occur at altitudes ranging from 700–900 m (2,300–3,000 ft) up to 3,350 m (10,990 ft) ASL in the tropical parts of their range.

Broad-tailed hummingbirds consume the typical hummingbird diet of flower nectar and arthropods, which are taken in flight and gleaned from vegetation. Sap from trees and shrubs is used as a nectar substitute.



Nests are small cup of plant fibers woven together and bound to a branch with collected spider webs. The female lays two plain white eggs that she alone will incubate for 16 to 19 days. Young broad-tailed hummingbirds fledge about 23 days after hatching. This species is known to hybridize with other hummingbird species, including black-chinned, white-eared, and Costa's.

This species is not considered endangered; it appears to be able to adapt quite well to human-modified habitat and frequents shade coffee plantations.
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Date Location Count
2020-10-11 10:00See Canyon1
2020-10-11 11:00See Springs Trail No. 1851
2020-10-03 11:22Mitchell Park1
2020-10-13 07:25Himmel Park1
2020-10-05 07:25Seneca/Ridgeway area1
2020-10-11 08:59Mt. Lemmon--Summerhaven2
2020-10-06 07:39Ruby (ghost town)1
2020-10-04 06:45The Lakes at Castle Rock1
2020-10-12 07:05Canoa Ranch Conservation Park1
2020-10-11 06:57Agua Caliente Canyon1
2020-10-18 13:12Madera Canyon--Santa Rita Lodge2
2020-10-13 15:30Paton Center for Hummingbirds (Patons' Yard)1
2020-10-04 07:45Garden Canyon Rd--BETWEEN Upper Picnic Area and Sawmill Canyon1
2020-10-14 06:15Brown Canyon Ranch (opened 2011)1
2020-10-25 08:13Ramsey Canyon Preserve (formerly Mile Hi Ranch)1
2020-10-26 11:44Ramsey Canyon Inn (opened 1988)2
2020-10-11 09:50Miller Canyon--Beatty's Guest Ranch1
2020-10-24 07:18Battiste's Bird Garden1
2020-10-13 11:15Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary (closed Thursday morning; formerly Ash Canyon B&B)2
2020-10-10 07:15Casa de San Pedro B&B--Visitors Welcome1
2020-10-02 08:43Barfoot Junction1
2020-10-05 11:30Paradise--George Walker House1
2020-10-03 16:19Cave Creek Canyon--South Fork1
2020-10-04 06:30Cave Creek Canyon1
2020-10-24 16:10Portal--Cave Creek Ranch1
2020-10-11 08:25Portal1
2020-10-03 08:28Oxbow Park and Preserve1
2020-10-22 12:55Four Bar Cottages (private)1
2020-10-04 08:10Gila NF-- Little Cherry Creek Road and Trail1
2020-10-03 07:58San Antonio Oxbow Open Space4
2020-10-02 14:00Rio Grande Nature Center SP1
2020-10-04 10:10Rio Grande Valley SP1
2020-10-03 07:22Corrales Bosque -- Romero Rd. entrance2
2020-10-04 15:54Bosque del Apache NWR--Visitor Center1
2020-10-03 09:00Bosque del Apache NWR--South Loop (formerly Marsh Loop)1
2020-10-06 06:48Bosque del Apache NWR1
2020-10-19 08:06Embudito Canyon2
2020-10-07 10:30Elena Gallegos Picnic Area1
2020-10-12 09:39Cibola NF - Cienega Canyon Picnic Area1
2020-10-15 07:16East of Las Cruces Dam1
2020-10-19 10:11Tellbrook Park - Las Cruces1
2020-10-13 08:28Randall Davey Audubon Center1
2020-10-02 09:34Dripping Springs Natural Area5
2020-10-25 07:26Coronado Country Club neighborhood, El Paso (Partially limited access)1
2020-10-08Three Rivers Petroglyph Site1
2020-10-04 10:43Memorial Park (FWTX 9), El Paso1
2020-10-03 11:40Tucker Gulch1
2020-10-05 08:05Pleasant View Marsh1
2020-10-04 07:22Lyons Cemetery1
2020-10-03 17:23Coyote Run Open Space2
2020-10-01 11:02Dad Clark Park1
2020-10-23 10:45Red Rock Canyon Open Space1
2020-10-13 14:00Rock Ledge Ranch1
2020-10-04 10:06Orchard Hills Park1
2020-10-03 09:00Parker Regional Park (aka Salisbury Equestrian Park)1
2020-10-25 07:30Parque Ecologico Barranca del Cobre3
2020-10-06 07:21Ocotillo Hills Trail1
2020-10-19 12:10Melrose Woods1
2020-10-26 19:00Davis Mountains Resort (Restricted Access)7
2020-10-28 08:48TX118--Limpia Crossing1
2020-10-15 09:00Davis Mountains SP--Limpia Creek Trail1
2020-10-15 15:28West Texas Avian Research, Ft. Davis1
2020-10-23 10:36Christmas Mountains Oasis1
2020-10-14 08:16Ejido Sierra Hermosa1
2020-10-25 08:22ANP Sierra del Águila2
2020-10-17 08:45Parque Ecológico El Orito2
2020-10-17 10:08Parque Bicentenario Presa de San Renovato1
2020-10-21 11:32Kleb Woods Nature Preserve (UTC 098)1
2020-10-03 08:17Parque Estatal Cerro Punhuato5
2020-10-12 08:33Laurelito (pueblo)3
2020-10-24 07:56Ejido San José Teña3
2020-10-03 07:55Parque Central1
2020-10-20 16:36Carretera Ciudad de México-Cuernavaca--La Cima II1
2020-10-10 08:12Centro de Educación Ambiental Tepenahuac1
2020-10-24 07:27Parque Ecoturistico Avila Camacho1
2020-10-11 08:49Camino Los Humeros (Veracruz)7
2020-10-06 10:03PRM Todos Santos Cuchumatán--Laguna Ordoñez3
2020-10-17 08:17Astillero De San Marcos1
2020-10-17 07:17Chikua--campo de semillero2