By Kim Long
A mixture of illustrated box advisor, truth booklet, and folklore assortment, "Hummingbirds" is a brand new form of flora and fauna ebook. This concise, illustrated instruction manual provides a correct, informative portrait of hummingbirds of their normal habitat, alongside with an exam in their dating to guy. America’s most well-liked chook, the hummingbird is additionally exact to this hemisphere. local cultures—including Aztec, Mayan, and North American Indian—have lengthy respected this tiny creature for its awesome iridescent colours and fearless habit. as soon as killed by means of the hundreds of thousands to supply feathers for eu models, hummingbirds—noted for being the smallest birds with the largest appetites—are now a favourite of yard chook watchers in North the US. "Hummingbirds" is a simple advisor to those winged creatures, supplying an illustrated exam in their habit, biology, and person features. a realistic source for either the yard and the sphere.
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RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD Selasphorus rufus. Named for the rufous, or reddish color of its head and body. " The species was first described in 1788 by Johann Gmelin (1709-1755), a German explorer who spotted the first bird on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD Amazilia violiceps. Named for the violet cap of color on its head. " The bird was first described by Hans von Berlepsch in 1889, and originally named Amazilia verticalis. Berlepsch was a German ornithologist, an honorary fellow of the American Ornithologists Union, and a leading authority on the birds of South America.
COMPARISON Male similar to Anna's hummingbird, except for purple color on head and throat and longer feathers on throat. Female very similar to female black-chinned and ruby-throated hummingbirds. 75" 16-19 mm Page 60 RANGE Permanent colonies in southeastern California. Migratory birds from January-October in southern California, southern Nevada, and western Arizona south to Baja California and northwestern Mexico. Occasional sightings in New Mexico, Utah, northern California, Oregon, and Texas.
Page 53 Page 54 Calliope Hummingbird Calliope Hummingbird Female Calliope Hummingbird Male Page 55 VITAL STATISTICS OFFICIAL NAME Calliope hummingbird Stellula calliope COMMON NAMES Spanish: chupamirto rafaguitas DESCRIPTION Smallest hummingbird in North America. Back and head metallic green. Short tail square across tips. Bill short, dark, and straight. Males smaller than females. MALE Chin and throat metallic dark red to purple, with some feathers distinctively long and narrow and some may feature white longitudinal stripes; head and back metallic green; chest white to gray; sides and abdomen off white, gray, or light brown, sometimes with slight green tinge; tail and wing feathers dark.