Hummingbird Identification: Hummingbird Pictures and Tips

picture of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, part of the hummingbird identification guide

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The pictures presented here describe a representative sample of native hummingbird species. The button for hummingbird flowers provides additional information for attracting hummingirds to the garden.

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No doubt about it. The types of hummingbirds seen in the United States is totally geography dependent. For example, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird pictured, is the only breeding hummingbird in Eastern North America.

Hummingbird diversity reaches its peak in Western North American. Hands down, the Southwest ranks as America’s hummingbird capital.

The Arizona Bird Committee, lists eighteen different species that have been documented in the state. Eleven of them are native breeding birds. That makes Arizona the top hummingbird state in the United States.

picture of a Rufous Hummingbird
Despite their predominantly migratory behavior, a few hummingbird species remain in the United States throughout the winter.

Easterners don’t totally miss out on the joy of hummingbirds. Many hummingbird species migrate to the area for a few months of the year, typically winter, and hummingbird enthusiasts gleefully mark their arrival.

In the Southeast, for example, more instances of over Rufous hummingbirds migrating from the west and over wintering, continue to be recorded and posted on the internet. Black-chinned hummingbirds are another species that commonly show up as far east as Florida.

Hummingbird Identification: Pictures


picture of a male Anna's Hummingbird
Anna’s hummingbirds are probably the most common of the western species. They breed as far north as Alaska. Some very hardy individuals over winter in Washington state and Oregon.

picture of a male Allan's Hummingbird
Alan’s Hummingbird, another Southwest species. It’s found mostly in the coastal forests and scrub of Arizona, California. It’s an occasional Oregon visitor.

picture of a male Costas Hummingbird
The purple gorget identifies the Costas Hummingbird male. It’s a Southwestern species. There is some summer breeding in the Nevada mountains.

picture of a broad tailed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed Hummingbirds breed through most of the Rocky Mountain area during the summer.

picture of a broad billed Hummingbird
The red at the bottom of the bill of the male Broadbilled Hummingbird is a great field identification clue. It’s another western species with a range limited to the vary southern areas of New Mexico and Arizona.

picture of a buff bellied Hummingbird
Buffbellied Hummingbird, a tropical species found in south Texas.

picture of a Magnificent Hummingbird


Magnificient Hummingbirds are range bound to the mountains of southern New Mexico and Arizona. It’s an above average sized hummingbird. Males have a striking purple forehead and crown, metallic green gorget and black breast.

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