Broad-Billed Hummingbird Photo and Facts

A Broad Billed Hummingbird is sitting on a tree branch

A Broad Billed Hummingbird is sitting on a tree branch

This photo comes from the website freedigitalphotos.net and was taken by photographer Liz Noffsinger. I wish to acknowledge this and be sure to offer proper credit.

The Broad-Billed Hummingbird likes to sit on a high perch for longer periods of time as compared to other species of hummingbirds.

Agave, Ocotillo, Prickly Pear, and Penstemons are some of the favorite nectar producing plants of the Broad-Billed Hummingbird.

During courtship and aggressive encounters, the male Broad-billed Hummingbird will perform what is known as a pendulum display, starting by hovering about a foot from the female and then flying in repeated arcs, like a pendulum. This display will be followed by a high-pitched zinging sound. Other than this brief description, little additional information is believed to be known about this species maneuvers during courtship. This may be because this bird chooses not to preform such displays whenever humans are present or they choose secluded areas in which to preform their courtship displays.

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