Tiniest Bird on the Continent – Calliope Hummingbird
Written by Bob Sundstrom
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[Call of Calliope Hummingbird, in Ponderosa pine forest]
The tiniest fowl on the North American continent. The Calliope Hummingbird is barely greater than three inches lengthy and weighs only a tenth of an oz..
This little gem spends its summer time within the mountains of southwestern Canada and the northwestern United States. It winters in Western Mexico.
From its perch atop an elderberry bush, a male Calliope Hummingbird surveys its territory. First, we see simply its metallic-green again and needle-like invoice. However because it turns, its throat catches the solar and glistens with slender shafts of rosy purple. The male Calliope Hummingbird flies a brief distance and hovers, to drink nectar from the blossoms of a golden currant.
The feminine has constructed a nest close by on a hemlock department, amongst a cluster of outdated cones. Typically the form of the nest resembles the cones. You possibly can see a photograph of a feminine Calliope on her nest at our web site.
Whereas the beautiful hummingbird was named for Calliope, the Greek muse of epic poetry, the Calliope Hummingbird is an inspiration in its personal proper.
[Calliope Hummingbird, background of Ponderosa pine forest species]
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Sound of the Calliope Hummingbird supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York recorded by G.F. Budney. Ponderosa Pine ambient from Pygmy Nuthatch 119403 by G.A. Keller.
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