Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird: 4 inches (10 cm) in length; 3g to 5 g in weight. These flame-throated hummingbirds are iridescent green above and grey below.

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In addition, the male's throat and forehead iridesce crimson rose in good light; in poor light, these areas appear to be velvety black. The females generally lack these iridescent rosy patches, but may have a few rose feathers on the throat

There are well over three hundred species of hummingbirds, all native to the Americas. The vast majority, not surprisingly, are found in the tropics, where flowers abound year-round. Only a handful of species reach the United States; southern Arizona hosts more than a dozen of those. Costa's Hummingbird is the only true desert hummer here, but several others live along the desert's edges. Black-chinned and Broad-billed Hummingbirds nest in streamside woods in summer, while Anna's Hummingbird, a recent invader from California, nests in the same areas (and in residential neighborhoods) in winter. Tuscon hosts the greatest variety of hummers in late summer, when several species are on their way south. Rufous Hummingbirds, southbound from nesting grounds in the northwest U.S., may appear in the Sonoran Desert by July, along with lesser numbers of other species, to joust for space around the blooms that follow the summer rains. 

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