The Amazing Hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbird

 Female Anna's Hummingbird, hovering.
Female Anna's Hummingbird, hovering. | Source

Trivia

According to the World of Hummingbirds, Native American cultures have many stories and ceremonial uses for hummingbirds. The hummingbird is believed to be the spreader of life in the Taino tradition. Legend states that hummingbirds were once flies that the Sun Father transformed into little birds. They are considered the symbol of rebirth and the Taino Nation calls their warriors the Colibri (Hummingbird) Warriors.

THE HUMMINGBIRD SOCIETY

The Hummingbird Society was founded in 1996 by Dr. Ross H. Hawkins whose love of the species sent him on a quest to preserve the species and develop educational programs to promote greater public understanding and appreciation of hummingbirds.


In 2006 hummingbirds 28 species of a total of 329 hummingbird species were ranked by Birdlife International to be in one of these three categories: critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable.


Hummingbird Wing Stretch: Photo of a male Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) taken in the San Diego Zoo Hummingbird Aviary in CA. 2007
Hummingbird Wing Stretch: Photo of a male Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) taken in the San Diego Zoo Hummingbird Aviary in CA. 2007 | Source
Volcano Hummingbird at the Mirador de Quetzals, Costa Rica, 080226. Selasphorus flammula./CC FlickR
Volcano Hummingbird at the Mirador de Quetzals, Costa Rica, 080226. Selasphorus flammula./CC FlickR | Source
Description Blue-capped Hummingbird female or juvenile (Eupherusa cyanophrys ) along Constancia Road, the trail above Rancho Dioon, Mexico ...
Description Blue-capped Hummingbird female or juvenile (Eupherusa cyanophrys ) along Constancia Road, the trail above Rancho Dioon, Mexico ... | Source
Doubleday's Hummingbird (Cynanthus doubledayi or Cynanthus latirostris doubledayi) at a refuge NE of Tehuantepec, 080331.
Doubleday's Hummingbird (Cynanthus doubledayi or Cynanthus latirostris doubledayi) at a refuge NE of Tehuantepec, 080331. | Source
Hummingbird Texas
Hummingbird Texas | Source
Hummingbird.The image was taken in San Francisco
Hummingbird.The image was taken in San Francisco | Source
Hummingbird
Hummingbird | Source

More About Anna's Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird is one of three species that are permanent residents of the United States and Canada. Other’s are Allen’s and Costa’s. Anna’s Hummingbird has a minimal song and is the most common hummingbird in southern California. Anna’s Hummingbird may also be found in numerous areas such as: Alaska, Arizona, California, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and British Columbia (resident on Vancouver Island).

Adult males have metallic green backs with dark rose-red crown and gorget with a grayish breast. Adult females have a green back, grayish-white breast, white throat with red spots and white tips on outer tail feathers. Young of both sexes resemble adult female.

Hummingbirds are beautiful creatures and very delicate. Their wings move so fast it is almost impossible to capture the image of them when in flight. They are the only bird species able to hover in one place. They love the nectar of flowers and their long beak makes it possible for them to get into large flowers. They will drink from sugar syrup feeders although they are easily frightened. 


Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina), in Mexico.
Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina), in Mexico. | Source
Bumblebee Hummingbird (Atthis heloisa)
Bumblebee Hummingbird (Atthis heloisa) | Source
Two males hummingbird are fighting. They do it all the time, but it is all but impossible to catch on film.  San Francisco
Two males hummingbird are fighting. They do it all the time, but it is all but impossible to catch on film. San Francisco | Source
Christmas Bird Count, Groveland 2007.
Christmas Bird Count, Groveland 2007. | Source
Hummingbird feeding at Ganoga Lake in Colley Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania in the United States.
Hummingbird feeding at Ganoga Lake in Colley Township, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania in the United States. | Source
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia | Source
Male Green-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna) seen in Butterfly World, Coconut creek, Florida.
Male Green-tailed Trainbearer (Lesbia nuna) seen in Butterfly World, Coconut creek, Florida. | Source
Hummingbird hovering at a feeder
Hummingbird hovering at a feeder | Source
Calypte anna Category:Perched hummingbirds.
Calypte anna Category:Perched hummingbirds. | Source
Anna's Hummingbird | Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
Anna's Hummingbird | Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) | Source

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Smireles 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, sgbrown. Rereading this piece was an enjoyable experience if I say so myself. The hummingbirds are beautiful.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love hummingbirds! They are such a pleasure to watch. You have included some really good pictures of them too. Hummingbirds are not easy little speeders to photograph.

Good information too! Voted up and interesting. Have a wonderful day! :)


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Beautiful hub about some beautiful little birds :)


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I have hummingbird everything. My mom and dad always had therm in their yard a few feet from Mom's swing and she wore the big loose moo moos around the house with big bright flowers and they would come right up under her chin apparently going on color but moving on when there was no nectar. When dad died I had fake hummingbirds mixed in his flowers and that got mom collecting and finally she came to live with me her last years and although she died last June I still cannot pass one up and they are all so beautiful. Really enjoyed your hub.

Polly


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Smireless, Beautiful! Great photographs, Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!


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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I love hummingbirds. They are a joy to watch in the spring and summer. Blessings!


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primpo 5 years ago from Ocean County New Jersey

I didn't even realize there were so many kind.. wonderful research and hub , beautiful pictures.. I have a new appreciation for them


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Yourglobalgirl 5 years ago from UK

Really beautiful- hummingbirds are my favourite.


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mecheshier 5 years ago

Wonder Hub. I love the pictures! Hummingbirds are a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing!


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Aren't they beautiful!!


Susan 5 years ago

Thanks for your response. I know what you mean about posting them to the web - I'm a professional fire(fighter) photographer. I posted some - and WHAM! They were taken here and there. They even 'thanked' me. So that's part of my hestitation. Again, tho, you do have the most beautiful hummingbird shots - ever!


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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Susan, I would be very careful about posting my images to the internet if I was looking for print circulation. There is always someone looking for the right angle and you have to find that person.


Susan 5 years ago

Your photos are among the most beautiful I've had the pleasure of seeing. I caught something on still film that so far I've not seen on any web page - two hummingbirds on the ground - fighting to the death. I'm at a loss as to what to do with these shots as apparently publications wish to display them as 'gentle' souls when in fact, they are not. I am a professional photographer and have NOT posted them on the web as of yet. Do you think there would be an interest?


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Hummingbirds are a fascinating creature. They are so tiny, beautiful, and beat those tiny little wings so quickly. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Excellent photos! Thank you! This was a delight!


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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

CASE1WORKER, thanks for stopping by. The photos are beautiful and I love looking at the birds.


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

beautiful birds, such lovely photos- especially the ones in flight!

i did read the words but to be honest i kept flipping back to the beautiful photos


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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hello Harvey, thanks for commenting. I took a look at your book on Amazon and tagged it as romantic tragedy. Look's interesting and should do well.


Harvey Stelman 5 years ago

smireless, Beautful pic, we don't have them in Chicago. A close friend of mine is running for Senator from Texain 2012, he is a Republican. If you wish info, please ask.

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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

Ginn, I totally agree with you. Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

writinginalaska, It is amazing to find hummingbirds in Alaska. They are beautiful. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

bayoulady, It is great to hear from you again. Isn't that blue headed hummingbird gorgeous. I love it. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Beautiful! I had no idea there was a blue headed hummingbird like the last one pictured. Just lovely!


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writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska

i am transfixed by hummingbirds. I lived in the mountains of Colordo where in the summer we had hundreds everyday. Now I live in Alaska and I was astounded they fly this far north in the summer. Nice Hub, good job!


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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago

Hummingbird feeder's at my window with that morning coffee really is a perfect way to start the day. Thanks!


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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you stephhicks68!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

OMG - I love hummingbirds! We have a feeder in our backyard. Lovely pictures and lots of useful information. Thumbs up!


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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Pamela99! Thanks for stopping by again! I love to watch the hummingbirds. Appreciate your kind words.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Smireless, I love humming birds and have a feeder. We have had more this year than ever and I can sit at my kitchen table and watch them along with the other bird at my regular feeder and bird bath. I thought your article was terrific. Voted up!


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Smireles 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for coming by. I really love the hummingbirds, too!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

up & beautiful! I've really enjoyed the 'hummers' this year as they feed on the morning glories and the hibiscus...

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