Cynanthus latirostris

Because of the reddish-orange bill of the Broad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris, it is sometimes confused at first glance with the adult Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Amazilia yucatanensis. The Broad-billed is a western U.S. species, while the Buff-bellied usually occurs along the Gulf Coast from south Texas to the Yucatan.

For a write-up of the only Broad-billed Hummingbird ever banded in South Carolina, please see our Web site for Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History at 1-7 January 2008.

If you have a sharp photo of a Broad-billed Hummingbird you would like to contribute for this page, please send it to PROJECTS with info about when and where the photo was taken, the photographer's name, and any anectdotal info about the bird.

Broad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris, adult male
Adult Male (above) and Adult Female (below)

Broad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris, adult female

Photographs courtesy of Animal Pictures Archive

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