Hummingbird Identification (1 Viewer)

jheddings

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Hi there!

This is my first post, so please help set me straight if I’m doing this wrong ;)

We spotted these two hummingbirds today and are looking for some help ID’ing them. Growing up, we always assumed they were Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds. However, lately I’ve 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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rkj

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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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