A Few New Mexico Birds: Caprimulgiformes


All About Birds places hummingbirds and swifts in this order rather than Apodiformes, so I'm switching over myself.

 Apodidae: White-Throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)

White-throated swift, Aeronautes saxatalis, New Mexico


My hat is off to anyone who has captured a decent photo of a white-throated swift. I created a short video of them, mainly so you can hear the noise they make. Click on the image to the left to watch the video.


Trochilidae: Black-Chinned Hummingbird (Archilocus alexandri)

Once spring arrives, these are the hummingbirds in Albuquerque. For males, the purple band at the base of the throat clinches the species ID. That's assuming that the light catches those feathers just right. Otherwise, the male's throat looks all black.


Trochilidae: Broad-Tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus)

Broad-tailed hummingbirds breed in New Mexico but up in the mountains. In one side-lit picture, you can see a bit of the coloration under the tail.