Birding Thursday: Calliope Hummingbird
The Calliope Hummingbird in latin means “the little star” and well so, with the gorgeous red streaks of color along their throats.
As the smallest bird in the hummingbird family at just 3.25″ long, it is also the one most traveled, migrating from South-Central Mexico to Southwest Canada, and does it all alone! In addition, because they are the smallest they also make a slightly different sound than all the other hummingbirds, like the Rufous Hummingbird, and sound more like a bumble bee!
These little guys are in a bit of trouble though, with their wintering grounds shrinking from habitat loss and loss of native plants with invasive ones. Much is unknown about this little bird because very little studies have been done on it, so working to conserve it could be a problem in the near future. Lets hope it never gets to that point!
Each year they have one set of two babies, in a very small nest!
I personally have only seen one of these little birds in my lifetime, and I can’t wait until I find my next one! There are about a million of them left, but with their size, I’m sure you can imagine how hard they could be to find! One day!
Happy Birding Thursday!