1. English and Scientific names:  Broad-billed Hummingbird  Cynanthus latirostris

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): 1 male in adult plumage

3. Locality: LOUISIANA:

Specific Locality: St James Parish; Paulina.  Home of Irvin & Celeste Louque, Irvin Louque, Jr., 3439 Maura Street


4. Date(s) when observed: 12-17-2010, 01-11-2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 11:15-14:30; 11:00-13:00 

6. Reporting observer and address: Nancy L Newfield, Casa Colibrí, 3016 45th Street, Metairie, LA 70001

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):  Joan Garvey on 01-11-2011.

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Celeste Louque, Irvin Louque, Jr

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  Lighting conditions varied according to the location of the bird each day.  Both days were high overcast.  At times, the bird was perched in shade within the Live Oak [Quercus virginianus] canopy.  At other times, he was on an exposed twig or using a feeder in plain view.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  Swarovski 10 x 42 EL clean and in excellent condition

11. Distance to bird(s):  In hand to 60 feet

12. Duration of observation: 3 hours 15 minutes; 2 hours

13. Habitat: Yard of suburban residence with several Live Oaks.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  Flying, feeding, perching.  Several times on 12-17, the bird flew to within 3 feet of me as I was setting up a trap.  He was very vocal.

15. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species):  Banded [H44426].   Relatively large size; long, broad, red bill with dusky tip.  Shiny, dark green above.  Blue throat, shading into green on lower breast and belly.  White feathers at vent.  The long, wide, deeply notched tail was black. 


16. Voice:  a loud, harsh ‘j dit’, repeated frequently

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  Nothing else in North America, north of Mexico, is really close in appearance.  At a very brief glimpse, Buff-bellied Hummingbird [Amazilia yucatanensis] comes to mind, but it is mostly green on the throat and upper breast and its tail is rusty colored, not black. 

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  none

19. Previous experience with this species: I have seen and have banded hundreds of Broad-billed in Arizona in the late 1980s.  Since 1990, when the first Broad-billed was documented in Louisiana at my house, I have banded about 15 of them and I have also observed several others that I could not catch.

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification): none

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: banding data taken during the observation ( copy of data sheet attached?) _____notes made after the observation (date:_____); _x_memory.  See attached rectrix #5 as well.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain:  Yes

23. Signature of reporter:  Nancy L Newfield



                                                             Date: 03-11-2011                        Time: 11:00                         

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite?  Yes

If yes, may we include your name with the report?  Yes