English and Scientific names:

Broad-billed Hummingbird
Cynanthus latirostris

Number of individuals: 

1 male, age unknown. No grooves in bill. Wing and tail looked fresh. 

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Iberia Parish

Specific Locality:

New Iberia, LA., Home of Mike Musuemeche.

Date(s) when observed:

Banded 12/16/05.

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Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton

Lafayette, LA 70506

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Mike Musuemeche (same bird reported by Mike Musuemeche)

Note: This bird was recaptured on 4/13/06, 3 miles southwest of Colorado Springs, CO.

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40% of the base of upper bill red. Most of lower bill red. Crown and back green. Throat had a few pins emerging but mostly complete and the color of an adult male Broad-billed, Blue/Green. Breast and belly green. Under tail coverts a pale grey. Tail a steel blue.


Chit, chit, chit, similar to a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Similar species:

Measurements were all good for BBLH, tail = 34mm, wing cord = 53.19, exp culmen = 21.76, weight 3.70.

The closest in appearance is the White-eared H. It has a shorter bill.It's exposed culmen range is listed as 14.5-18.5mm (Pyle).
The white ear stripe was not as prominent as the White-eared.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

In hand Photo's submitted.

Previous experience with this species: 

Banded a few, and studied others in the wild.

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This description is written from: 

Notes taken during banding.

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Dave Patton

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