Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Broad-tailed Hummingbird - Selasphorus platycercus
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General Comments Accidental. There is one state record of the Broad-tailed Hummingbird: an immature male was banded and photographed at a feeder near Gibsonville (Guilford), 13 Nov 2001 - 20 Apr 2002* [Chat 69:105-107 link]. Considering the double-digit records for the even more westerly breeding Calliope Hummingbird, and several records for the highly unlikely Green Violetear, it is very surprising that only one state record has surfaced of Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Though females and immature males can certainly be confused with Rufous Hummingbirds, and all ages and sexes can even be overlooked as Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to inexperienced observers, the species is likely being overlooked at feeders.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain No records.
Piedmont One record (see above).
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
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Attribution LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2012-07-14], LeGrand[2011-12-09]
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