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Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
Flight call description A hollow "tche" or "tchu", often doubled or repeated in a series.
Fig.1. Texas January 20, 2002 (John O'Brien).
Adult male in feeding flight.
Diurnal calling sequences:
1. Colorado July 27, 2001 (MO). Perched bird with Red-breasted Nuthatches calling in the background.
2. Texas January 20, 2002 (John O'Brien). Adult male in feeding flight.
Similar species Higher-pitched, louder, longer than Rufous Hummingbird. See Buff-bellied Hummingbird.
Behavior Diurnal migrant. Nocturnal migration not documented. Birds in migration flight may be mostly silent. Gives flight call regularly on the breeding and wintering grounds.
Discussion Male calls average higher-pitched than female calls (Howell, 2002).