Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Broad-billed Hummingbird - Cynanthus latirostris
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General Comments A number of hummingbird species breed essentially or primarily in the United States only in Arizona. Thus, the occurrence of such a species as the Broad-billed Hummingbird in the state would seem to be highly unlikely. However, many Eastern states now have records, and North Carolina has surprisingly had four records -- three of males -- all photographed, and all from areas close to the coast.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain Casual summer and fall/visitor, lingering into winter. A male was seen in the Fairfield Harbour area east of New Bern (Craven) for a week in mid-Oct 2001* [Chat 66:2 link]. A male was at a feeder in Colington (Dare) on 15-16 Jul 2005* [Chat 69:169 link]. A third male was at a feeder in New Bern for several months, from fall 2008 to early Feb 2009* [Chat 73:22 link]; 73:66). A female was at a feeder in Southern Shores (Dare), from 30 Oct 2017 - 1 Jan 2018*; it was found deceased under the feeder on the latter date [Chat 82:30 link], [Chat 82:64 link].
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
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Attribution LeGrand[2018-06-09], LeGrand[2018-02-19], LeGrand[2018-02-01]
NC Map
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NA Maps
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