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Anna's Hummingbird (female)

Calypte anna

Description:

This female hummingbird has a green back and wings. The throat is speckled with gray. The tail and wings have dark markings on them and a white tip on the tail. The first image shows her looooong tongue!

Habitat:

Mexican Bush Sage in the backyard. This one came within 30cm of my legs while I stood very still and snapped some pictures.

2 Species ID Suggestions

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago
Anna's Hummingbird
Calypte anna Anna's Hummingbird


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6 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

That's really interesting! I hadn't noticed that behavior. Most of the one's that are close are juveniles. Thanks for the info!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

I'm not really the person to ask at all -- especially about hummers, and no I can't tell the difference. I often just assume that all hummingbirds are Anna's around here. But really, hummers are more easily identified by their flight displays. Anna's are the ones who fly up VERY high and then make a steep dive with a metallic clang at the bottom of the dive. Those are males. The female is the one sitting on a tree branch observing the show-off maneuvers.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Hi Ava T-B, thank you! Can you tell the difference between female Anna's and Calliope? I can't tell. I know you're the person to ask :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Whoever it is, those are beautiful photos Cindy. i love that you got it's tongue sticking out!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

The females are really hard to distinguish. I haven't seen a male Black-chinned hummingbird around but it's always possible.

Jaybird
Jaybird 10 years ago

might be a juvenile Anna's.

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Nov 10, 2011
Submitted on Nov 11, 2011

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