Category Archives: Identifying Hummingbirds

California Hummingbirds–Cyanthus latirostris (Broad-billed Hummingbird)

5. Cyanthus latirostris -Broad-billed Hummingbird The broad-billed hummingbird measures 3-1/4”-4” in length with 4.7” wingspan. Both sexes have usual bronze-green on top, and broad, blue-black forked tails. Vocalization is a rapid, chattering “chi-dit” or “ji-dit.” Male Description  Adult male glistens … Continue reading

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California Hummingbirds–Lampornis clemenciae (Blue-throated Hummingbird)

4.  Lampornis clemenciae (Blue-throated Hummingbird) The Blue-throated Hummingbird is a large hummingbird, almost the size of some sparrows, with its length at 4.5-5.5 inches, and an 8 inch wing span.  Both sexes have a long, thin bill, a prominent white … Continue reading

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California Hummingbirds–Archilochus alexandri (Black-chinned Hummingbird)

3.  Archilochus alexandri (Black-chinned Hummingbird)  When compared to other hummingbirds, the black-chinned hummingbird has a smaller head, thinner neck, and a much more slender body.  The black-chinned hummingbird is about 3 inches in length, has long wings with blunt curved … Continue reading

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California Hummingbirds–Calypte Anna (Anna’s Hummingbird)

2.  Calypte anna, Anna’s Hummingbird.  This is a common backyard bird, and a year-round resident in most areas.  The Anna’s Hummingbird is one of only three species that are permanent residents of the United States (Allen’s and Costa’s are the … Continue reading

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California Hummingbirds–Selashorus sasin (Allen’s Hummingbird)

While 27 species of hummingbirds have been documented in the United States, only 14 of those are documented in California.  1.  Selashorus sasin (Allen’s Hummingbird)   About 3” long with long, straight, thin black bill.  Male Description Adult males have an … Continue reading

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