Anna’s Hummingbird

Calypte anna

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  • Anna’s Hummingbird |  Photo: George Gentry, USFWS
  • Anna’s Hummingbird |  Photo: George Gentry, USFWS
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Basic Information

Order

Apodiformes

Family

Trochilidae

Size

Anna's Hummingbirds are generally between 3.8 and 4 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 8.5 years

Weight

Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) facts, habitat, range, hummingbird pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the small bird.

Diet

Anna's Hummingbird feed on flower nectar and small insects.

Behavior

Hovering

Range

Pacific Coast

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

2 Eggs

Egg Description

White

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, eyes closed, sparse down

Social Status

Solitary

Wingspan

4.6-4.8 in

Observation Tips

Anna's Hummingbirds are commonly observed along trails bursting with wildflowers in the spring.

What does the Anna’s Hummingbird look like?

Anna's Hummingbirds are small woodland-field birds. Males are easily recognizable with their brilliant pink crowns and throats. Females have a pink throat patch, but lack the pink crown. Male's bodies are a gray green, while females tend to be grayer. Both sexes have a white patch behind their eyes.

Anna’s Hummingbird Habitat

Open Forests

Anna’s Hummingbird Facts

Anna's Hummingbirds are stunning forest birds of the far American West. They are well known for their mating display, in which males soar more than a hundred feat into the air then dive down making a screech with it's tail feather a few feet away from it's desired mate. Their normal body temperature is a sweltering 107 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature falls outside, Anna's Hummingbirds enter torpor, meaning their breathing and heart rate slows and their body temperature can fall by as much as 50 percent. They are also extremely protective of their feeding territory and will ferociously defend it. Native American legends say hummingbirds do several things, including poke holes in the sky making stars.

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