Are There Hybrid Hummingbirds?

Have you ever wondered if different species of hummingbirds would ever breed outside of their own species? This is a question my boyfriend has asked me about this on numerous occasions and I had to admit that I did not know the answer to this question. This is what finally prompted to do some research and then write this post.

Yes, it is possible for hummingbirds of one species to breed with a hummingbird of another species. This occurrence results in the creation of hybrid species. Numerous hummingbird species including Anna’s, black-chinned, Allen’s, Costa’s, rufous, calliope and broad-tailed hummingbirds,can breed together to create hybrid species. This is just one of many facts that make identifying the various hummingbird species so extremely challenging.

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