|Selasphorus calliope||Order: Apodiformes||Family: Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)|
This exquisite hummingbird, the tiniest bird of the United States and Canada, nests in meadows and open forests of the high Northwestern mountains, and winters in Mexico. This species has a circular migration route, in spring, when mountain blizzards are still likely, it flies along the Pacific coast. After breeding, the birds stay inland, following the mountains south.
The gorget is striking not only for the luscious magenta color but also for how the individual feathers are narrow and long, forming colorful streaks radiating out against a whitish background.
Laura has never photographed a Calliope Hummingbird. The accompanying photo, from Wikipedia, was taken by and is owned by Kati Fleming.
Laura's Published Works
- Hummingbird Identification (ID Part 2) 2021
- Outlier Hummingbirds 2021
- Hummingbird Migration Update 2019
- Hiking vs. Sauntering vs. Moseying 2018
- Review: National Geographic field guide, Seventh Edition 2017
- Keeping Watch for the Last Hummingbird 2012
- Hummingbird Banding with Nancy Newfield II 2002
- Gambling 2000
- Montana Calliope Hummingbird Disaster 1997
- Dipper 1995
- Mystery Hummingbird 1994