Amazing Arizona Hummingbirds (and the Best Places to See Them)

August is the best time of year to observe hummingbird species in southeast Arizona. Learn the best hotspots for Arizona hummingbirds.

Hummingbirds of Southeast Arizona©Rob Ripma
This species was previously known as magnificent hummingbird but is now a Rivoli’s hummingbird

When I think of seeing lots of hummingbird species in the United States, the first place that comes to mind is southeast Arizona. This area of the country gets more diversity of hummingbirds than anywhere else in the country, and the number of individual birds is quite impressive as well. While on a week-long trip to the area a few years ago, I had 14 hummingbird species! There’s no where else in the U.S. that I could have found that many in just a week. Plenty of Arizona hummingbirds stick around all year. But the best time to visit is during August, when many migrants are moving though the area. This leads to the greatest number of hummingbirds and the most variety!

Hummingbirds in Arizona to Look for

Allen’s hummingbird

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Allen’s hummingbird in Tucson, Arizona

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Anna’s hummingbird

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Anna’s hummingbird in Tucson, Arizona

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Black-chinned hummingbird

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A black-chinned hummingbird visits penstemon blooms in southern Arizona

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Blue-throated mountain gem

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Blue-throated hummingbird in Ramsey Canyon

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Broad-billed hummingbird

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Male broad-billed hummingbird in Madera Canyon

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Broad-tailed hummingbird

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Male broad-tailed hummingbird in flight at Madera Canyon

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Calliope hummingbird

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A calliope hummingbird in Arizona

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Costa’s hummingbird

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Male Costa’s hummingbird near Phoenix, Arizona

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Lucifer hummingbird

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Adult male lucifer hummingbird feeds on nectar flowers

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Rivoli’s hummingbird

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Rivoli’s hummingbird in southeast Arizona

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Rufous hummingbird

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Male rufous hummingbird in Show Low, Arizona

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Violet-crowned hummingbird

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A violet-crowned hummingbird perched on a branch in southeast Arizona

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White-eared hummingbird

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White-eared hummingbird in Madera Canyon

Best Places to See Arizona Hummingbirds

These are my favorite places to watch hummingbirds in Arizona.

Paton Center for Hummingbirds

The name says it all! This place is dedicated to hummingbirds, and you will never be disappointed with a stop here. The property was recently bought by Tucson Audubon Society when the family that had been feeding the birds for years put the house up for sale. Now, birders and hummingbird lovers will be able to enjoy this property for years to come!

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Santa Rita Lodge

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Hummingbirds at Santa Rita Lodge in Madera Canyon

The Santa Rita Lodge attracts many hummingbirds and is very close to other great birding options in Madera Canyon. Psst—do hummingbird sightings have special meaning?

Miller Canyon / Beatty’s Guest Ranch

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Rivoli’s hummingbird at Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Arizona

Beatty’s Guest Ranch is the best place in southeast Arizona to find white-eared hummingbirds. In addition to this species, the diversity at this feeding station is always incredible.

It’s easy to see why the ranch is so popular. After all, it holds the U.S. record for the most hummingbird species spotted in 1 day with 14. And bird enthusiasts insist it’s the best place to consistently find rare hummingbirds.

“You can see 15 different species of hummingbirds at Beatty’s. That’s impressive!” says nature photographer Charles Melton, who lives nearby. “And this is the only place in the U.S. to reliably see the white-eared.”

Charles has been going to Beatty’s to see migrating hummingbirds for more than 10 years. He has taken several thousands of photos and many hours of video on their ranch.

“The location is spectacular,” he says. “It’s a 10-acre apple orchard in the middle of a national forest, surrounded by mountain peaks and cliffs. The hummingbird viewing areas are amazing.”

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Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary

If you’d like to see a lucifer hummingbird in Arizona, the Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary is the place to be. You can also enjoy many other Arizona hummingbird species and a variety of other birds at all of the feeders here.

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Rob Ripma
Rob is a lifelong Indiana resident and co-owner of Sabrewing Nature Tours. He has birded extensively throughout the Americas and also spent time birding in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Rob is currently on the executive boards of two organizations: Past President of the Board of the Amos Butler Audubon Society in Indianapolis (after leading the board as President for 6 years) and Secretary for Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). He also serves as the field trip coordinator for BSBO’s Biggest Week in American Birding annual event. Rob sat on the executive board of the Indiana Audubon Society for three years as Treasurer and Vice President. He is a co-founder of the Indiana Young Birders Club and speaks at a variety of organizations and schools about birds and birding to share his knowledge and experiences in the field. His leadership and expertise led to Rob working as the primary bird blogger for Birds & Blooms Magazine from 2013-2017. Rob enjoys working with both new and experienced birders of all ages and believes that teaching people about birds will not only increase interest in birding but also help them better understand why we must work to protect them and their habitats. Additionally, he loves educating others about the positive impact nature tourism can have on local economies, especially in developing countries. This passion led to his involvement in the production of a PBS television program called, “Flight Path: The World of Migratory Birds”, where a crew accompanied him on a tour to Panama to highlight and bring to life the effect that birds and birding have on both the people that see them and those who work and live in areas visited by birders and nature lovers.