The Mystery Behind Hummingbird Colors

Vibrant hummingbirds use colorful plumage for defense and mate attraction. Explore their fascinating color mechanics.

Hummingbirds' iridescence, from layered proteins in feathers, creates vibrant hues, mainly in males; females and juveniles have a subdued appearance.

How Do Hummingbirds Get Their Color?

Tiny vibrant birds in western North America. Males shine red-orange. Early migrants in January, emit unique sounds.

Allen’s Hummingbird

US's Most Vibrant Hummingbirds

Found on the western coast, boast dazzling gorgets that shift colors in sunlight. Males sing in trees, females also have small gorgets.

Anna’s Hummingbird

Western North America. Males: velvety black throats, females: pale throats. Prefers tall trees with flowers.

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Resilient Broad-tailed Hummingbirds trill in meadows. Males have rose-magenta throats, females sport pale throats.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

US/Canada's smallest bird, bold migrator, bumblebee-like flight, vibrant male coloration.

Calliope Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbirds in southwest U.S. have distinctive colors, males with vibrant hues. They hibernate and visit 1,840 flowers daily for energy.

Costa’s Hummingbird

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