Completely black hummingbird...people say it doesn't exist...

by Kristin
(Tennessee)

Earlier today a solid black hummingbird flew into our house...it was really small, even for hummingbird size. It was trying to fly out a window that was closed...My mother got it to sit on a broom trying to get it out so we were able to get a good look at it...It had no markings or anything peculiar about it except it was solid black. And I don't have any pictures of it. We thought it would be a good idea just to see what type it was and I can't find anything. Every site I go to says that they don't exist. I can't find anything out about this bird... I was just hoping somebody could tell me what kind of bird it was.

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Aug 16, 2018
Solid black hummer in NorCal NEW
by: Anonymous

Saw a solid black hummingbird, pretty decent sized, in the San Francisco bay area. it was so dark I couldn’t even make out texture—like a flying silhouette

Jul 29, 2018
Black hummet NEW
by: Anonymous

I was just sitting outside in northern Michigan and I saw an all black hummingbird. My feeder is in the sun.

Jul 12, 2018
tinest solid black hummingbird
by: Anonymous

It flies up to my windows,appears to see it's relection,then feeds on the lantanas and other flowers. I have seen it for about six years, always alone.

Jul 05, 2018
Our Totally Black Humming Bird
by: Ernie

We have a totally black humming bird that feeds on our feeders every day. I tell my friends and they say there is now such bird. Well my wife and I see him nearly every day. We live in Tiverton, RI.

May 27, 2018
Black Hummingbird
by: Ron

Jet Black Hummingbird at 40th Street and Greenway Road in Phoenix May 26, 2018.

It did show an iridescent nature, but only in black. It was very cool to see.

Never knew they were around or even existed for that matter.

May 26, 2018
Black Hummingbird
by: Dawn

For the past 15 years we’ve been attacking the hummingbirds to our back yard. This year is the first time I’ve ever seen a solid black hummingbird so I’ve been looking for information on the specific species. So far I’ve come up with nothing. I’ve been trying to get a good picture but there are so many other hummingbirds I’ve not been able to isolate him. He does look like a male though as he’s bright not dull. Any one have an idea what kind he is? I also haven’t noticed a female solid black. Just the one male. Riverside California.

May 17, 2018
Black hummingbird
by: Anonymous

May 17, 2018. Sighted black hummingbird in Southwest Indiana. This evening and at feeder. Have never seen one before.

May 12, 2018
Utah here
by: Janie

I've had five little solid black hummers in my yard for a few days. Tiny little creatures. Central Utah

May 12, 2018
Utah here
by: Janie

I've had five little solid black hummers in my yard for a few days. Tiny little creatures. Central Utah

May 06, 2018
Black Hummer
by: Missy C.

Sorry - I forgot to say I'm in Naperville, IL

May 06, 2018
Totally black hummer
by: Missy C.

For the last 3 days I've had a totally black hummer at the feeder. It's smaller than the ruby-throated ones. I can't find anything on the internet except on this site that mentions anything about these.

Apr 25, 2018
April 25, 2018. Simpsomville, SC
by: Anonymous

I just saw a black hummingbird with a crimson red chest. He was very small. I heard a lady at Lowes 2 weeks ago saying she saw a black hummingbird at her house. I can't find any pictures of this hummingbird online.

Apr 24, 2018
All black with red band on chest
by: Jim E.

Mine wasn't all black, it had a bright red band across the chest. It flew through the spray several times as I was watering my lawn!
6PM, Tallahassee Florida.

Apr 24, 2018
black hummingbird
by: Anonymous

I'm in Ky, USA and was just on my front porch when a tiny little, solid black hummingbird flew right up in my face and just fluttered there for a few seconds. I couldn't believe it. First I thought it was a butterfly but the longer I looked, I realized it had a long beak and was buzzing like a hummingbird. It's like it hung around long enough for me to identify it and then it flew away. I've never seen it before. It was a beautiful and amazing experience. I hope it comes back!

Apr 24, 2018
thought I was crazy!
by: Anonymous

Live in north GA mountains... our usual hummers returned about a week ago... brought along a new friend... It is black and much smaller and rounder then the ruby throated ones.. It is def a hummer... hovers... buzzes and has the long beak. I have been looking for one on line like it for hours! Then I found this site!

Apr 04, 2018
Just saw two
by: Jamie

Yes! My husband saw one a few days ago. I just saw two tonight at the feeder. Completely black.

Apr 03, 2018
Seen in Barbados
by: Liz

Saw them everyday on holiday on west coast of Barbados. Feeding on various flowers and in ficus tree

Nov 21, 2017
Black humminbirds
by: Anonymous

5 or 6 tiny black hummingbirds were buzzing the Jasmine flowers early this morning. Have seen hummingbird moths before and these did not look like those. Very fast and delicate. All black. We are in Lake Placid Florida.

Nov 09, 2017
Completely black Hummingbird
by: Anonymous

I just saw a COMPLETELY BLACK hummingbird land on my balcony. I live facing the forest in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
November 9, 2017

Nov 03, 2017
Solid Plack Hummingbird
by: Anonymous

About 3-4 weeks ago we had a solid black hummingbird around a lily plant on our front porch. Really small.

A naturalist friend said it was probably here (Western South Carolina) as a result of the Hurricane Irma. Got caught up in the wind.

Oct 16, 2017
Southern California October
by: Anonymous

I saw a totally black hummingbird last week. Long Beach California

Sep 04, 2017
Completely black Egyptian hummingbird
by: Ihab

Today a totally black hummingbird landed on the beach at the north coast of Egypt. I was able to photograph it and its back has electric blue feathers on it . It looked like it was exhausted after a long flight and was resting on the sand for 5 minutes before taking off again. It certainly looked completely black.
Unfortunately there is no possibility to upload its photo on this site.

Aug 20, 2017
Black hummingbird
by: Anonymous

I just saw a solid black hummingbird at one of my feeders. Ithe was at the feeder at my kitchen window and I was at the window at the time so was able to get a thorough look. It had either white or yellow tips on its tail feathers. One minute after it flew away a ruby throated came. Definitely not a sunlight issue as the light hadn't changed. I live in western North Carolina.

Aug 19, 2017
All Black Hummingbird sited
by: Anonymous

I was on the lake in Nineveh Indiana in my paddle boat when a small solid jet black hummingbird. It circled my head buzzed me about 6 times,super fast 2 inchs from my face. Scared the crap out of me at first.

Aug 13, 2017
Repeated visitor for me
by: Anonymous

Just had a tiny skinny all black hummingbird at my feeder. Have seen them at my feeder in previous years. Definitely not a hummingbird month - it was a hummingbird and made little beeping sounds like others. I live in Minnesota.

Aug 11, 2017
I saw one !
by: Anonymous

I was chilling outside on a hammock when all of a sudden this pitcblack humming bird came out of nowhere and standed above me for a couple of seconds.

Jul 30, 2017
Solid black hummingbird
by: Anonymous

I had a solid black hummingbird at my kitchen window feeder this afternoon. Had a great view as there was only a pane of glass between us. He/she lingered for a long time as the ruby throats were fighting for the feeders out front, he had the back feeder to himself. I live in West Central Georgia.

Jul 24, 2017
Tiny black hummingbird
by: Patti

Today a tiny black hummingbird appeared at my front feeder..smallest I have ever seen. then it landed on the flag holder...this afternoon it was on the Hibiscus so I spoke to it. I will try to get a pic if it comes back it does not appear to be afraid.. I am so intrigued by it..

Jul 18, 2017
2 Solid Black Hummingbirds!
by: Julie

I was weeding my orange nasturtium boxes and had TWO solid black hummingbirds come right up to my face. I thought they were butterflies at first. I have a lot of birds, including hummingbirds, on my property but have never seen any solid black hummingbirds. I live Indianapolis-southside. July 18, 2017.

Jul 16, 2017
black hummingbird
by: Sue Cooper

Have what appears to be a solid black hummingbird at my feeder at the lake in Manning, SC.

Jul 16, 2017
Solid blace
by: Sharon

Just saw one but has a tiny bit of white on neck -been here several days in Spartanburg, SC which is in the upstate area. It seems to come out when I sit on the deck near the feeder. Also, there is a grey hummingbird!

May 05, 2017
Black hummer
by: Anonymous

I had a small solid black hummingbird visit my feeder today in Macon, GA. Can't find any info except for a black jacobin native ti eastern Brazil.

Apr 29, 2017
Black hummimgbird
by: Gail

I am looking at what seems to be a black hummingbird . There are no other markings visible, and it is in the sun. I live in the Phoenix AZ area.

Apr 23, 2017
I have two
by: Betty

I have two solid black tiny hummingbirds at my feeder here in North Alabama. Never seen these her before. they are very tiny.

Apr 12, 2017
Black humming bird
by: Sheila

I just saw a completely black one in eastern North Carolina

Jun 06, 2014
completely black hummingbird...people say it doesn't exist...
by: Brook

HI,
Contact the Tennessee Ornithology Department, they will know what it was. There are quite a few Audubon Societies in Tennessee also.

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