Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

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  • Black-chinned Hummingbird |  Photo: Jamie Li, NPS
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird |  Photo: Jamie Li, NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Apodiformes

Family

Trochilidae

Size

Black and chinned Hummingbird are tiny birds, rarely excedding 3.5 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 11 years

Weight

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) facts, habitat, range, hummingbird pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the small bird.

Diet

Black-chinned Hummingbird feed on flower nectar and small insects.

Behavior

Hovering

Range

Migratory: Western U.S. - Texas

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

2 Eggs

Egg Description

White

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, tiny, eyes closed, naked minus rows of sparse down on the back

Social Status

Solitary

Wingspan

4.25-4.35 in

Observation Tips

Black-chinned Hummingbirds are common backyard feeder visitors.

What does the Black-chinned Hummingbird look like?

Black-chinned Hummingbirds are small woodland-field birds. They have straight black bills, dull green backs and sides, gray chests and bellies with black tails. Males have a metallic purple stripe on their throats, females have pale gray throats.

Black-chinned Hummingbird Habitat

Open Forests

Black-chinned Hummingbird Facts

Black-chinned Hummingbirds are common hummingbirds of the American west. They are frequent visitors to backyard feeders, but will rarely spend more than a day there during migration. Males have a spectacular way of defending their territory and making courtship displays. They fly high into the air (about 70 to 100 ft.); then rapidly dive down towards the ground. They have incredibly high resting heartbeats; averaging nearly 500 beats per minute. When the temperature drops, they enter torpor and their body temperature falls and heartbeats can slow to below 50 beats per minute. Females are larger than males.

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