Where do broad-tailed hummingbirds nest?

Where do broad-tailed hummingbirds nest?

Nest Placement The female looks for a place sheltered from cold high-elevation nights to build her nest. She often places her nest on an evergreen or aspen branch with overhead cover or in a willow or alder thicket, anywhere from 1–5 feet above the ground.

Where do broad-tailed hummingbirds go in the winter?

Broad-tailed hummingbirds breed from Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming to east-central California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and west Texas. Also breeds in montane areas in Mexico and Guatemala. Winters throughout the highlands of mainland Mexico, south to Guatemala.

How long do broad-tailed hummingbirds live?

The longest-lived Broad-tailed Hummingbird was a female, and over 12 years, 2 months old, when she was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in Colorado in 1987.

What flowers do broad-tailed hummingbirds like?

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds drink nectar from flowers, especially species such as larkspur, red columbine, indian paintbrush, sage, and scarlet gilia as well as sugar water from feeders.

Where does a broad tailed hummingbird make its nest?

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are one of the highest altitude nesters, over 10,000 feet. Females show strong breeding site fidelity, nesting in the same location, especially if previously successful. Accounts mention use of nests in the same tree or bush year after year. It will return to the same branch and even build a new nest atop an old one.

What kind of sound does a broad tailed hummingbird make?

The metallic wing-trill of the male Broad-tailed Hummingbird is a characteristic sound of summer in the mountain west. This sound is often heard as a flying bird zings past unseen.

Is the broad tailed hummingbird on the decline?

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are numerous and fairly common, but their numbers declined by almost 1.5% per year between 1966 and 2015, resulting in a cumulative decline of 52%, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

What does a broad tailed hummingbird do during courtship?

When an intruder is spotted, they will fly directly at them, chasing the trespasser out of its territory. During courtship, male Broad-tailed hummingbirds fly before the female in a U-shaped pattern, diving from 30′-50′. The dive produces a loud wing buzz.