Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird Facts
Size 3.2-3.8 in (83-97 mm); 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm) wingspan
Speed Up to 30 mph (48 km/h)
Weight 0.1-0.14 oz (3-4 g)
Lifespan 3-5 years
Food Nectar, insects
Predators Falcons, snakes, lizards
Habitat Texas, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado; Mexico (winter)
Order Apodiformes
Family Hummingbirds
Scientific name Selasphorus platycercus
Characteristics One of the smallest hummingbirds
A Cricketlike Wing Trill

Male broad-tailed hummingbirds make a shrill, trilling sound that sounds like a grasshopper chirping. This comes from their wingtip feathers hitting the air in a certain way. After summer, their wingtips have been worn down and they fly silently until they grow back in time for the next mating season in spring.

The Oldest Hummingbird

On average, broad-tailed hummingbirds live for about two years. But they do hold the hummingbird record for the longest living hummingbird species, as one lived to be an impressive twelve years old.

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird Broad-Tailed Hummingbird (male) - Photo: Dec Hogan/Shutterstock

Red is Their Favorite Color

Hummingbirds often see red, in the truest sense. They are more likely to fly to red flowers with deep openings.

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird Broad-Tailed Hummingbird (female) - Photo: Takahashi Photography/Shutterstock

Broad-Tailed Hummingbirds are Loners

At about one year old, hummingbirds are able to mate and start their search for a partner. But hummingbirds only get together during mating season. The rest of the time, they prefer to go it alone.


They mostly lay two eggs, which hatch within 16-19 days. After just twelve days, the nest is too small and the mother is ousted. After a total of 25 days, the young hummingbirds leave the nest.

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird Broad-Tailed Hummingbird (male) - Photo: Dec Hogan/Shutterstock

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird Broad-Tailed Hummingbird (female) - Photo: Donya Nedomam/Shutterstock

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