Where to Find the Most Spectacular Hummingbirds in the U.S.: 15 Hotspots

As we all know, this country is a hummingbird haven, but there are specific states where you can find rare ones. 

According to the data reported on World Population Review1, these are the states you want to visit if you’re a hummingbird watcher, as they increase your chances of seeing a diverse array of these fascinating birds. 

1. Arizona

Image Credit: Takahashi Photography/Shutterstock

Number of species: 12
Notable species: Black-chinned, Anna’s, Broad-billed, Broad-tailed, Blue-throated, Calliope, Costa’s, Lucifer, Magnificent, Rufous, Violet-crowned, White-eared

A hummingbird watcher’s dream destination, Arizona flaunts an impressive 12 different species gracing its diverse landscapes. The state’s distinct desert terrains and varied ecological niches provide ample viewing opportunities – whether in arid canyons or verdant riparian corridors, these diminutive avian gems can be marveled at in their natural habitats.

2. New Mexico

Image Credit: Erin Donalson/Shutterstock

Number of species: 12
Notable species: Allen’s, Black-chinned, Blue-throated, Broad-billed, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Costa’s, Lucifer, Magnificent, Rufous, Violet-crowned

Tying Arizona with 12 species, New Mexico emerges as another hummingbird hotspot. Its unique blend of desert, mountain, and riparian habitats translates into a rich diversity of winged wonders for observers. Opportunities to witness these incredible creatures abound across the state’s varied environments.

3. Texas

Image Credit: Randy Bjorklund/Shutterstock

Number of species: 10
Notable species: Anna’s, Black-chinned, Blue-throated, Broad-tailed, Buff-bellied, Calliope, Lucifer, Magnificent, Ruby-throated, Rufous

As a vast state, Texas offers no shortage of hummingbird species – an impressive 10 call it home. Iconic ones like the Ruby-throated and striking Black-chinned share the skies with elusive species like the Lucifer and magnificent Buff-bellied. The state’s deserts, prairies, and coastal regions provide birders with ample chances to spot these tiny marvels.

4. Arkansas

Image Credit: Fiona M. Donnelly/Shutterstock

Number of species: 8
Notable species: Ruby-throated, Rufous, Anna’s, Buff-bellied, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Magnificent

Not the first hummingbird destination that comes to mind, Arkansas hosts an impressive 8 species nonetheless. In addition to iconic Ruby-throateds, striking Black-chinneds and magnificent Buff-bellieds frequent the state, offering diversity that surprises many observers.

5. California

Image Credit: Iv-olga/Shutterstock

Number of species: 7
Notable species: Allen’s, Anna’s, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Costa’s, Calliope, Rufous

The diverse terrain of California, from coastal redwoods to arid deserts, allows 7 hummingbird species to find suitable habitats statewide. Birders can look forward to potential sightings of intriguing Allen’s, vibrant Anna’s, and energetic Calliopes among the varied landscapes.

6. Louisiana

Image Credit: Danita Delimont/Shutterstock

Number of species: 6
Notable species: Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Buff-bellied, Calliope, Ruby-throated, Rufous

While not boasting the highest numbers, Louisiana still hosts 6 diverse hummingbird species within its borders. The Ruby-throated, Broad-tailed, and Buff-bellied represent just a sampling of the winged jewels observers can hope to catch glimpses of amid the state’s natural habitats.

7. Nevada

Image Credit: Danita Delimont/Shutterstock

Number of species: 6
Notable species: Anna’s, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Costa’s, Rufous

Overshadowed by some neighbors when it comes to hummingbirds, Nevada nonetheless surprises with 6 species found statewide. From vibrant Anna’s to striking Black-chinneds, and elusive Calliopes to adaptable Rufous, this state offers a diverse array guaranteed to delight birders.

8. Oregon

Image Credit: rck_953/Shutterstock

Number of species: 6
Notable species: Allen’s, Anna’s, Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Rufous

The lush forests and rugged coastlines of Oregon provide havens for 6 hummingbird species to thrive. Birdwatchers here may revel in sightings of the captivating Allen’s, radiant Anna’s, and energetic Calliope flitting among the state’s varied landscapes.

9. Utah

Image Credit: Sophie Gledhill/Shutterstock

Number of species: 5
Notable species: Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Costa’s, Calliope, Rufous

Though lower in total species numbers, Utah’s 5 hummingbird types still excite and intrigue enthusiasts. The striking Black-chinned (tips to ID), adaptable Broad-tailed, and energetic Calliope represent must-see highlights among the diminutive avian residents here.

10. Washington

Image Credit: Ian Dewar Photographyl/Shutterstock

Number of species: 5
Notable species: Anna’s, Black-chinned, Calliope, Ruby-throated, Rufous

From lush forests to rugged coastlines, Washington’s environments accommodate 5 hummingbird species well. The vibrant Anna’s, striking Black-chinned, and iconic Ruby-throated make this state’s diverse habitats ideal for memorable sightings.

11. Florida

Image Credit: Isanjaya pushpakumara/Shutterstock

Number of species: 4
Notable species: Buff-bellied, Calliope, Ruby-throated, Rufous

The 4 hummingbird species found in Florida may seem modest compared to other states, but remain a treat for observers. From iconic Ruby-throateds and adaptable Rufous to elusive Buff-bellieds and energetic Calliopes, diversity persists in this humid state.

12. Idaho

Image Credit: Ronnie Howard/Shutterstock

Number of species: 4
Notable species: Black-chinned, Broad-tailed, Calliope, Rufous

Idaho’s rugged mountains and lush forests provide suitable habitats for 4 hummingbird species to thrive. The striking Black-chinned, adaptable Broad-tailed, and energetic Calliope represent potential highlights awaiting birders in this northwestern state.

Appreciating Hummingbird Diversity Nationwide

Image Credit: Sari ONeal/Shutterstock

While some states may be better known for their hummingbird diversity, there are opportunities to observe and appreciate these remarkable birds across much of the United States.

Whether you are an avid birder or a casual nature enthusiast, the states mentioned provide a chance to witness various hummingbird species in their natural habitats. 

From deserts to forests to urban gardens, take the time to look for these tiny, vibrant creatures dancing from flower to flower. An attentive eye and some patience may reward you with unforgettable encounters with Ruby-throateds, Calliopes, Black-chinneds and more. 

Source: 

1. https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/hummingbird-species-by-state

Website | + posts

Davin is a jack-of-all-trades but has professional training and experience in various home and garden subjects. He leans on other experts when needed and edits and fact-checks all articles.