Black-chinned Hummingbird

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is a small, vibrant bird that inhabits much of the western United States and parts of Mexico. With its striking appearance and fascinating behavior, this species is a favorite among bird enthusiasts.

Basic Description

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is about 3-4 inches in length with metallic green upperparts and a black chin that gives it its name. The male has iridescent purple throat feathers while females have white throats with some green spots. They have long, thin bills for feeding on nectar from flowers.

Where To Find This Bird

This hummingbird can be found in much of the western US including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Texas as well as parts of Mexico during migration.


Black-chinned Hummingbirds are commonly found in open woodlands or chaparral habitats at elevations ranging from sea level to over 10,000 feet. They also frequent gardens and parks where there are flowering plants available for their nectar diet.


The Black-chinned Hummingbird feeds on flower nectar primarily but will also eat small insects such as spiders or gnats as part of their protein requirements to survive breeding season.

Cool Facts

Did you know that these tiny birds can flap their wings up to 80 times per second? Or that they migrate thousands of miles twice each year between Central America/Mexico (winter) and the Western US/Canada (summer)? Additionally, did you know that they prefer larger flowers because they contain more nectar making it easier for them to feed without expending too much energy?

In conclusion, the Black-chinned Hummingbird may be small but it sure packs quite a punch when it comes to beauty and resilience! With its striking metallic green feathers and unique feeding behavior, it’s no wonder that this species is beloved by so many bird enthusiasts.