Broad-Billed Hummingbird

Range Map
Cynanthus latirostris

The Broad-billed Hummingbird is a temporary (summer) breeding visitor to Southeastern Arizona. Most of their population never leaves the borders of Mexico.

These images were captured in Arizona. While the male birds in southeast Arizona are brilliant emerald breasted birds, the populations in southern Mexico are indigo in color. Both are visually stunning.

Taxonomists call out four subspecies of Broad-Billed Hummingbird:

  • C. l. magicus breeds from southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico south along the Sierra Madre Occidental to Colima. Northern breeders migrate south to spend the winter in western and central Mexico.
  • C. l. latirostris lives in east-central Mexico from Nuevo León, south to northern Veracruz, and the Valley of Mexico.
  • C. l. propinquus in central Mexico.
  • C. l. lawrencei lives on Islas Tres Marías, Sinaloa (Mexico).

I once met this species at the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum in central Arizona, but most of my meetings have been in Tucson or further south in Arizona.
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