Excerpted from “Meet the Hummers?in “Popular Birding Series: Hummingbirds,?lt;/em> published by BirdChannel.com publisher, I-5 Publishing.
Anna? Hummingbird is the most widespread hummingbird on North America? Pacific slope. This adaptable bird species often lives in human habitats. During courtship, a male Anna? Hummingbird stakes out territory over a flower patch with a rich nectar supply. A female Anna? Hummingbird enters the male? territory, mates and then leaves to build a nest. Unlike similar hummingbirds, Anna? Hummingbird is not migratory.
Anna? Hummingbird Quick Fact
Genus and species: Calypte anna
Habitat: Anna? Hummingbird is common in open woodlands, shrubby areas, back yards and parks.
Flight field marks: This hummingbird? tail is held stationary and aligned with the body and has gray-edged tail feathers.
Sitting field marks: short, straight bill; long, sloping forehead; dark head with pale eye-ring. Male Anna? Hummingbirds have iridescent, rose-red crowns and throats; the females have gray breasts and a red patch in the center of their throats.
Voice: The call sounds squeaking and grating, and the feeding call is “chick.?lt;br /> Nesting: The female Anna? Hummingbird builds a nest using plant down and spider webs, camouflaged by lichens. She lays one to three pure-white eggs, then incubates and feeds the chicks.
Feeding: tiny insects, spiders and flower nectar from red-flowering currant and fuchsia.