This male Costa's Hummingbird has an iridescent purple crown and gorget, and green breast and back, as pictured. It has white areas above and around the gorget, which helps distinguish it from other species, along with the purple gorget.
I have heard of Costa Hummingbirds in southern Nevada, in areas as far north as 250 miles above the southern tip. This is the first I have spotted in the Las Vegas area. This one lives in an area adjacent to a golf course with lawns, gardens and pine trees. Based upon various references, Costas are at home in desert scrub in both the Sonoran and Mojave deserts…but why spend your time searching out chuparosa and ocotillo blooms in the desert, when it is much easier to spend time at the garden feeder?
This bird is very aggressive, having driven other hummers from the feeder. It is breeding season, and in the first photo above this male Costas is showing his colors trying to impress an otherwise disinterested female. He has some work to do...
Lat: 36.10, Long: -115.25
Spotted on Mar 8, 2018
Submitted on Mar 8, 2018
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