Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) are one of the most common hummingbirds along the Pacific Coast. Anna’s are also the only hummingbird that over-winters in Southern Oregon.
The iridescent throat patch on a male hummingbird is called a gorget. Male Anna’s have a large gorget that extends over their head. Also, female Anna’s Hummingbirds often have small throat patches, which is uncommon in other hummingbird species.
A group of hummingbirds is not called a flock, it is called either a bouquet, a glittering a hover a shimmer or a tune.
Hummingbirds are found only in the new world. When Europeans first came to the New World, they were fascinated by these creatures that they believed were created by a cross between a bird and an insect.
Call: Anna’s Hummingbirds have an array of songs and calls. To listen to the Anna’s songs and calls go to:
Size: Anna’s Hummingbirds are 3.9” long, have a 4.7” wingspan and weigh 0.1-0.2 oz.
Habitat: Urban and suburban areas, open woodlands, chaparral, oak woodlands, coastal scrub and oak savannah
Diet: Nectar from a wide-variety of flowering plants and several species of insects
When the air moves over the flared outer tail feathers at the bottom of the dive a distinctive “chirp” is made. Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards. This feat inspired the creation of the helicopter!