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Costa's Hummingbird

Calypte costae

Costa's Hummingbird
copyright Oliver Niehuis
Length: 4 in. (9 cm)
An inhabitant of chaparral, arid brushlands and desert vegetation, this small hummingbird nests in the cooler winter months. The male's high-pitched and shrill courtship buzz is a common but often difficult-to-locate sound in these habitats. The tiny nest is located low in dense shrubbery or occasionally in yucca plants. It is made of plant down, leaves, and flowers and held together by spider webbing. Their food is nectar spiced with tiny insects and spiders. The four-digit banding code is COHU.
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Male
copyright Oliver Niehuis

Desert
Desert

Shrubs
Shrubs

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