Costas Hummingbird

Other Names: none

Distribution: southwestern desert areas, south to western Mexico.

Costas Hummingbird distribution range map

Description:

Size: 7-9 cm in length.

Plumage:  Males have a mainly green back and flanks, a small black tail and wings, and patches of white below their throat and tail. Their most distinguishing feature is its iridescent purple cap and throat with the throat feathers flaring out and back behind its head. Females are not as colorful as males, having grayish-green coloration above with a white underside. The eyes and beak are black.

Species image
Costas Hummingbird

Costas Hummingbird

Bill Shape
needle
Eats
commercial-instant-nectars
sugar-water
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
idaho
kansas
mexico
minnesota
montana
nebraska
nevada
new mexico
oregon
south dakota
texas
utah
washington
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
flying
perching
Behavior
flocks
zigzag
Markings
plain
Sounds
staccato
Location
low flying
high perching
low perching
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
shrubs
fields
flats
Deserts
Marshes
Color
greenorolive
sheen
blackandwhite
blue
green
Body Shape
hummingbird
Size
tiny
small
Order
hummingbirds - trochilidae, phaethornithinae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species