The Mystery Behind Hummingbird Colors

Hummingbirds, vibrant avian gems evolved for territory defense and mate attraction with stunning plumage.

Hummingbirds' iridescence, not pigments, creates colors. Male birds showcase vibrant hues; females and juveniles have a more understated appearance.

How Do Hummingbirds Get Their Color?

Small and vibrant, native to western North America. Males display colorful iridescence. Early migrants, found in coastal shrubs.

Allen’s Hummingbird

Vibrant Hummingbirds in The U.S.

Dazzling in metallic green, feature striking gorgets. Males sing in trees, while females also have a small gorget, displaying vibrant hues in sunlight.

Anna’s Hummingbird

Charming metallic green, males with black throats, females pale. Prefers areas with tall trees and flowers.

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Resilient Broad-tailed Hummingbirds trill loudly, males sport magenta throats, females have pale throats with green spots.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbirds, tiny migrants, challenge larger birds. Unique traits: bumblebee-like flight, monotypic features.

Calliope Hummingbird

With vibrant males and hibernation ability, thrive in the southwest U.S. and northwest Mexico, visiting 1,840 flowers daily.

Costa’s Hummingbird

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