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(Male) Anna's Hummingbird

Calypte anna


Gorgeous young green, brown and red hummingbird. The colors change depending on the lighting as shown in this series. The hummingbird is the only known bird to be able to fly backwards. This bird took a micro nap while I shot (fourth image)! The last image is the expression when the mom came over and scolded it for letting me get so close :)


Resting on Angel's Trumpet and Cootamunda Wattle trees that are near Bottlebrush, Cape Honeysuckle and Bird of Paradise in which it drinks.


This species qualifies for Wildlife with Special Adaptations with its sonation during display. "The outer tail-feathers of male Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) vibrate during display dives and produce a loud chirp. When courting, the male ascends some 30m before diving over an interested female at high speed and producing a high-pitched sound. Experiments showed that the birds could not make the sound when missing their outer tail-feathers, and that those same feathers could produce the dive-sound in a wind tunnel. The bird can sing at the same frequency as the tail-feather chirp, but its weak syrinx is not capable of the same volume. " - Wikipedia

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CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you Anna :)

Anna24 10 years ago

Great job!

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thanks Dana and KarenL!

KarenL 10 years ago

Lovely photos!

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Thank you! It's my favorite hummingbird too :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Wonderful series!

KarenSaxton 10 years ago

My favorite hummingbird

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Your pics are beautiful and unique!

textless 10 years ago

wonderful photos!

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Sep 24, 2011
Submitted on Sep 24, 2011

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