archilochus alexandri

May 8, 2016 - Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

These hummingbirds are found in western North America, from southern Canada through much of Mexico. Like other hummingbirds, they feed on nectar, tiny insects and spiders, and sugar water from feeders. When feeding from flowers or feeders, their tongues extend 13-17 times every second. Highly adaptable hummingbirds, they are often seen in urban areas and disturbed habitats as well as in wilder areas. Females build their nests from plant down, spiderwebs, and cocoon fibers. These materials allow the nests to stretch as the chicks grow.