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Costa's Hummingbird

Calypte costae


Small, male hummingbird with a gray and green coloring. It has a brilliant purple capped head and throat called a gorget. The purple feathers hang low on the sides creating a hood. If the light isn't hitting it just right, the head appears black. This male was battling with a male Anna's hummingbird for territory but stopped to clean itself long enough for this series.


Cape Honeysuckle in the backyard. This species only shows up in my yard in the winter. This is opposite of one of the references I've included that states it only leaves the desert in the hottest months for the cooler scrub areas. Admittedly, every winter week that it's present here, it is an unusually hot week for winter.


A series showing the bird in flight can be seen at:

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Thank you Mark! He was a beautiful challenge to capture :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Super spotting Cindy.

I think he is too! Thank you for the comment, Leuba :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Absolutely beautiful !

Thank you Hema and Daniela!

DB 6 years ago

He is adorable! Wonderful series Cindy!!

Hema 6 years ago


Thank you outsidegirl0

outsidegirl0 6 years ago


Thank you Reza!

Jewel !

Thank you Lauren and Ali!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 6 years ago

So Cute!

LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Gorgeous series!

Thank you Bhagya!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

nice one Cindy......

Thank you for the comments, venusflytrap2000, Ava and Jill!

JillBlack 6 years ago

Beautiful bird and series

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago


Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

beautiful hummer, cindy!

I think he is too! Thank you for the comment, Luis.

LuisStevens 6 years ago

Beautiful Hummingbird!

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Feb 18, 2014
Submitted on Feb 18, 2014

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