Black-chinned Hummingbird
(Archilochus alexandri)


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In Canada, the Black-chinned Hummingbird is restricted to riparian woodlands and gardens in the valleys of the southern British Columbia interior. Though not well monitored in Canada, Breeding Bird Survey data from throughout its North American range and other observations (Campbell et al. 1990) suggest a moderate increase in numbers since about 1970.


Listing of the main designations for the species
DesignationStatusDateSubspecies, population
IUCN (Global)Least Concern2012 
Wild Species (Canada)Secure2010 

Population status

Geographic areaStatusReliability
CanadaModerate IncreaseLow

Population estimate

Canada5,000 to 50,000 adults

Distribution maps


Migration strategy, occurrence

Long-distance migrant

Responsibility for conservation of world population


Conservation and management

Black-chinned Hummingbird populations have increased throughout the arid valleys of western North America concomitant with the increase in irrigated gardens (Baltosser and Russell 2000). Population levels have increased in urban settings in North America as a result of the species profiting from hummingbird feeders (Baltosser and Russell 2000).


Bird conservation region strategies

Environment and Climate Change Canada and partners have developed Bird Conservation Region Strategies in each of Canada’s Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs). In these strategies, selected species are identified as priorities for one or more of the following reasons:

  • conservation concerns (i.e., species vulnerable due to population size, distribution, population trend, abundance, or threats)
  • stewardship responsibilities (i.e., species that typify the regional avifauna or have a large proportion of their range or population in the sub-region)
  • management concerns (i.e., species that require ongoing management because of their socio-economic importance as game species, or because of their impacts on other species or habitats)
  • other concerns (i.e., species deemed a priority by regional experts for other reasons than those listed above or because they are listed as species at risk or concern at the provincial level)

Select any of the sub-regions below to view the BCR strategy for additional details.

BCRs, marine biogeographic units, and sub-regions in which the species is listed as a priority
RegionSub-region and priority type