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Calliope Hummingbird Stellula calliope


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Calliope Hummingbird
credit: Michael Woodruff/CCSA

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Family: Trochilidae, Hummingbirds view all from this family

Description Has a thin, whistling song, and call is a soft chit.

Dimensions Length: 2 3/4-3 1/4" (7-8 cm)

Habitat Regular visitor to feeders within breeding range; migrates mostly through the western mountains.

Range California, Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, Western Canada

Voice Locally common summer visitor (mainly Apr- Aug) to mountains, favoring meadows and forest clearings; winters in Mexico.

Discussion ADULT MALE Has greenish upperparts and mainly whitish underparts with dull green spots on flanks and streaked throat "gorget"; in shade these look dark, but reveal pinkish purple iridescence at certain angles in direct sunlight. Note also, white eyering (thickest behind eye) and white stripe framing throat. ADULT FEMALE Has greenish upperparts; throat is graystreaked and underparts are otherwise suffused buffy (in similar female Costa's, throat is less well marked and underparts are whitish). On fanned tail (seen when hovering), note white feather tips and black subterminal band. JUVENILE Similar to adult female; begins to acquire adult characteristics by first winter.