This photo comes from the website freedigitalphotos.net and was taken by photographer Liz Noffsinger. I wish to acknowledge this and be sure to offer proper credit.
The Broad-Billed Hummingbird likes to sit on a high perch for longer periods of time as compared to other species of hummingbirds.
Agave, Ocotillo, Prickly Pear, and Penstemons are some of the favorite nectar producing plants of the Broad-Billed Hummingbird.
During courtship and aggressive encounters, the male Broad-billed Hummingbird will perform what is known as a pendulum display, starting by hovering about a foot from the female and then flying in repeated arcs, like a pendulum. This display will be followed by a high-pitched zinging sound. Other than this brief description, little additional information is believed to be known about this species maneuvers during courtship. This may be because this bird chooses not to preform such displays whenever humans are present or they choose secluded areas in which to preform their courtship displays.
The photo used in this posted comes from the website Freedigitalphotos.net. The information about this photo sates it was taken in the Napa Valley. I wish to state the source of this photo in order to give proper credit and therefore not mislead my readers. Now for a little information about the Anna’s Hummingbird.
The Anna’s Hummingbird is the most common hummingbird found in Southern California. It is also one of three species of hummingbirds, along with Allen’s and Costa’s, that are permanent residents of the United States or Canada.
It is believed that the plant gooseberry and the hummingbird have evolved together, which may help explain why a favorite native food source of the Anna’s Hummingbird is red gooseberry, an abundant plant that flowers early in spring. This species of hummingbird also consumes more insects than any other North American hummingbirds, catching small flying insects on the wing in the manner of a flycatcher, or by hover-gleaning among the leaves and twigs of trees. Or they find sustenance at the sap wells of sapsuckers or by pilfering insects from the webs of spiders. The Anna’s Hummingbird eats more arthropods than most hummingbirds.
The Costa’s Hummingbird is named for the French nobleman Louis Marie Pantaleon Costa, and this particular species of hummingbird is native to parts of the desert southwest in the United States and sections of northern Mexico.
The Costa’s Hummingbird’s normal heart rate is between 500 and 900 beats per minute. At night, when the bird goes into a state of torpor, which is similar to hibernation, the heart rate can go as low as 50 beats per minute.
It is quite often difficult for researchers to study this particular species of hummingbird. The reason for this is due to the close resemblance of the young and the female Costa’s hummingbird to two other types within their range—the Anna’s and the Black-chinned hummingbird.
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The Andean Hillstar Hummingbird is found mainly in the high altitude tropical grasslands of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.
The species is generally well adapted to cold nights in the Andes, which it survives by going into a state of torpor and thus reducing its metabolic rate to something like that of hibernation.
Some of the information for this post as well as the photo comes from the website How To Enjoy Hummingbirds. Additional information comes from Wikipedia.
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