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Old Tuesday 26th May 2020, 02:20   #1
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Hummingbird Identification

Hi there!

This is my first post, so please help set me straight if Im doing this wrong

We spotted these two hummingbirds today and are looking for some help IDing them. Growing up, we always assumed they were Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. However, lately Ive been reading that those are pretty rare in our area and the Broad-Tailed Hummingbird is more common. However these are very slender and do not seem to have the feathers of a Borad-Tailed.

These were spotted on our feeder in Black Forest, Colorado. Thanks for any help or pointers!
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Old Tuesday 26th May 2020, 05:23   #2
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Look like Broad-tailed to me. Note the male’s characteristic face pattern.
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Old Tuesday 26th May 2020, 05:24   #3
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I think both are Broad-tailed, which are certainly more common in your area. Note the white between the eye and the bill on the male and the rusty flanks on the female. Listen when the male flies - it makes a whistling sound unlike the humming of a Ruby-throat. Later in the summer you will have to worry about distinguishing female Broad-tailed from Rufous and Calliope - that will be more of a challenge.
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Thanks for the help! Especially the pointers on how to tell the species apart.
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Old Tuesday 26th May 2020, 21:53   #5
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Agree with both male and female Broad-tailed
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