7 Things to Know About Costa’s Hummingbird

Vibrant purple face, white "eyebrows," green-white plumage. Males sing thin, high-pitched whistle-like notes.

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Breeding Male

Female Costa’s Hummingbirds are modest with green plumage, a whitish underbelly, and pale eyebrows. They emit sharp, dry tic calls.

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Female

The hatchlings are dark-skinned and without feathers. They stay in the nest for around 20-30 days while the mother bird brings them food. Juveniles resemble females, but as they age, you can see the males grow purple feathers on their necks.

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Juvenile

 Key desert pollinators, face habitat loss, adapt to suburban gardens. Urbanization and competition threaten their population.

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Habitat

Found in deserts and California, feed on nectar and insects. They hover to catch prey and drink from bird feeders.

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Diet

Male Costa's Hummingbirds impress mates, mate with multiple females, and defend nests aggressively with high-pitched whistles.

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Behavior

Costa’s Hummingbirds migrate post-breeding to coastal areas, staying in flower-rich locales like suburban gardens.

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Range

Like its counterparts, exhibits exceptional wing versatility, enabling unique flight maneuvers for efficient nectar collection.

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Wing shape

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