But whereas some birds are brightly coloured, the hummingbird’s coloration is a bit more subtle with a metallic sheen which can become quite eye-catching as the sun hits the feathers.
In addition to the iridescence, many male hummingbirds have beautifully coloured head and gorget feathers: in the the case of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), a bright metallic red throat patch; the Broad-Billed Hummingbird with its red bill, and dazzling blue throated males; and Costa’s and Lucifer Hummingbirds with iridescent violet or purple crowns and gorgets.
Read on and enjoy a variety of interesting information about hummingbirds.
This is one of essays I wrote for the Doug Tarry Young Ornithologists’ Workshop.
I had never seen an actual hummingbird nest before, so we asked the home owner if we could go in his garden for a better look and some pictures.
There weren’t any eggs yet in the nest, and we never had a chance to go back, but it was still thrilling.They like to sit, and possibly nest, in a spruce tree just north of our house, a few feet away from our dining room window.I hope that this year I’ll be able to find a nest and watch the nestlings grow and fledge.Another time, I was waiting in our car for my parents to return from shopping, and passed the time watching a bullfinch singing on a branch.Suddenly, and just as my parents returned, a female Antillean crested Hummingbird flew by and sat on her nest.“My Favourite Bird” I don’t think I have just one favourite bird, but my favourite bird species at the moment is hummingbirds, Trochilidae, because of their beautiful plumage colours, their physical stamina and size, and the fact that I’ve had the opportunity to appreciate them close up, since they seem to tolerate humans nearby more than other birds, especially when they are drawn by flowers in the garden and hummingbird feeders.Every year when the hummingbirds return to our yard, I am reminded that I enjoy watching them more than almost any other bird, and how very different they are from most of the other birds I’ve seen.The original essay topic was to write about your favorite bird, but I couldn’t choose just one bird, so I chose a bird family instead.I couldn’t include photographs with my application, but I’ve added some below, from the past few years, to this post.These are just some of the reasons the hummingbird is my favourite bird species is the hummingbirds.In the future, I would like to read and study more about hummingbird hybridization, between closely related species and species in different genera, and see for myself the different combinations — just one more reason they are such a fascinating species.