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Hummingbird Hummingbird

Magnificent Hummingbird

Eugenes fulgens

Magnificent Hummingbird
copyright Jim Burns
Length: 5 in. (13 cm)
This large hummingbird is confined to pine-oak woodlands at mid to high elevations in the mountains. It is readily attracted to hummingbird feeders and dominates the small hummingbird species here as well as at flower patches. In addition to nectar, small insects and spiders make up a considerable portion of its food during the summer. The nest is placed high on a horizontal branch and made of moss, plant fibers, lichens and spider webbing. The four-digit banding code is MAHU.

Fir forest
Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

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