Monday 27 February 2017

Black-chinned Hummingbird x Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird x Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Longmont, Boulder County (Colorado, USA), 8th July 2015 - copyright Steve Mlodinow
(photo ID: 2878)

Steve picked up on this bird as being rather different from Black-chinned Hummingbirds. He writes:
"The primary tips are distinctly narrower, a bit straighter.  The back color is actually rather like that of a Broad-tailed Hummingbird, which would explain the narrow, straight primary tips.  And... the inner primaries do not form a straight line, but start to widen after P4 or so, consistent with a non-Archilochus parent. Such as a Broad-tailed."
Black-chinned Hummingbird x Broad-tailed Hummingbird (same bird as in photo ID 2878 above), Longmont, Boulder County (Colorado, USA), 8th July 2015 - copyright Steve Mlodinow
(photo ID: 2879)

Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus


  1. Hi, Not sure if this blog is updated, but I noticed that there aren't currently any entries for Black-chinned x Anna's Hummingbird. A male showed up just outside of Vancouver, BC last spring and was well-photographed by a number of people. In case you are still updating this, I thought I should mention it for future entries!

    1. Hi Bridget, thanks for you message. That looks like an interesting bird, and yes, we would love to feature it here. I am way behind in updating the site as I've been incredibly busy during the past year, but I am hoping to clear the backlog during this coming winter - and if you don't mind me using your photo I'll add that when I do.


    2. Hi Dave, that's great. Yes, feel free to use it whenever you get around to it!
      Here's a link where you can download a full-size image: