Broad-billed hummingbird and friend

By Dan Weisz

Today’s photos feature a male Broad-billed Hummingbird just hanging around.   Broad-billed hummingbirds are common in southern Arizona in the summer and may remain in the area through the winter if food is abundant.  The male birds are very colorful.  The bare cholla perch appears again later in this email.

Broad-billed hummingbirds are another example of birds that reach the northern limit of their range in southeastern Arizona.  We are so fortunate to live in this area.

Their wings are long- real long.  And new research shows that hummingbirds need exceptional brains in order to be able to use those wings to hover.
http://www.audubon.org/news/new-research-shows-hummingbirds-need-exceptional-brains-hover 

On the same branch, but turned in the other direction.  The bird has just ‘roused’ and its feathers are still being held away from his body.  From this angle, you can see the “broad” bill.

The males make an unusual sound:  http://www.desertmuseum.org/books/audio/broad_billed_hummingbird.mp3

This female cardinal is sitting on the exact same bare cholla branch that the hummingbird was sitting on in the first photo.   Her orange color reminds me of a creamsicle for some reason, very smooth.