Anna’s Hummingbird

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.

Male Anna’s Hummingbird in December in Corvallis, OR. Photo Credit J. Bacon
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.
Female Anna’s Hummingbird in December in Corvallis, OR. Photo credit J. Bacon

 

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

Female Anna’s Hummingbird in December in Corvallis, OR. Photo Credit J. Bacon

 

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!

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