Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2010-35

Common name:

Broad-billed Hummingbird

Scientific name: Cynanthus latirostris
Date: 10-01-10
Time: 7:30-8:15
Length of time observed: 45 minutes off and on
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: New Harmony near Kanara Creek
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: 10 m
Optical equipment: 10 x 42 binoculars
Weather: partly cloudy
Light Conditions: morning diffused light
Description:        Size of bird: small hummingbird
(Description:)       Basic Shape: hummingbird
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: greenish overall with blue throat
(Description:)            Bill Type: long and thin
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Small, dark green iridescent hummingbird with a bright blue gorget, bright white undertail coverts, a dark bluish / black deeply forked tail, and a long thin bright orange bill with a black tip. Eye black with a small white post ocular spot. Legs black.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Often gave a rapid chattering call chit, chit, chit, chit, ... in flight and mostly while perched.
Behavior: Defended feeder (successfully) from both immature male and adult female Anna's Hummingbird
Habitat: Pinyon/ JUniper foothills of Pine Valley Mountains
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Adult male is distinctive.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Judy Jordan
Date prepared: 10-01-10
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: Hummingbird first observed 9/27 by Judy Jordan.