Anna’s Hummingbird

by Meg

Anna’s hummingbird’s live in an amazing place, Oregon. Rich with forests, and back woods like I have, this is a perfect place for these pink headed birds. The Anna’s hummingbird lives on the Western side of Oregon year round. This bird as it lives in the rogue valley year round has been sighted all the way in Dillingham, Alaska! This bird has even been sighted in Zaragoza, Mexico. These birds are very hardy! The males have pink heads so they stand out with all the green life of Oregon. Their nest is the size of a golf ball, or a walnut shell to be more accurate. That being said females are bright green. These birds are simple, so not much to say about their habitat, but they are interesting.

            Anna’s Hummingbirds look like they have cotton candy on their heads when the sun hits the males head right. His body is olive green, and it is important to know he isn’t a black capped hummingbird, who has a purple head in the sun. This is because the sun must reflect off their heads to make the colors appear, like when water, or glass makes a rainbow. The females are all green, and this makes them harder to see. Their heads are the same color as their body, even in the sun. All hummingbirds live in one place year round, but to have babies some go as far as from Washington to Alaska! Their colors show their habitat. Fun fact, Anna’s hummingbirds are named after Anna Massena, Duchess of Rivoli.

            Anna’s Hummingbirds not only drink nectar from flowers, but they eat more bugs than any hummingbird. That is something that they feed their young. All hummingbirds drink nectar from red flowers, but these kinds also can see pink, yellow, purple, and red as I’ve said before. When babies are still in the nest, and or can’t find their own food the female sticks her beak into the baby’s mouth. They put insects in with a coat of nectar. The babies will eat this until they are old enough to leave mom behind. One way to help the hummingbirds is to put out hummingbird feeders, and leave small bugs out for them to eat. Like some bees, or any tree dwelling tiny bug. Have bugs get the Anna’s.

            Are Anna’s hummingbirds endangered? It is at least a concern out of all hummingbirds. They are just like they were, but sadly the decreases are in Allen’s hummingbird. This close relative won’t be very common unless this is stopped. When they travel tree snakes are their worst enemy. North American Kestrels will eat these birds any time. All in all your great great great grandkids will probably see these birds unless a great illness that kills these birds comes along like a version of Cobain 19. Once again Anna’s hummingbirds aren’t endangered.

by Gavin

You can identify my hummingbird by it’s head. The head of the hummingbird is pink or magenta or gray. The boy’s have a colorful head and the girl’s have a gray head. The beak of the bird is 3.5-4 in or 16-20mm.The length is 3.9 in or 10mm so about the size of a small can of soup. The weight is 3-6 g or the same as 3 to 6 paper clips. The wingspan is 4.7 in or 12 cm. The wings are seen through when it’s in flight.The breast on both boy and girl birds can be green or white or gray or all 3. They can live up to 20 years or more.They live in Oregon and can also be found in South America.  

Anna’s Hummingbirds live in a lot of different places like open woods forest and deserts.  But in recent years you can find them more in backyards where hummingbird feeders and flower beds provide them with food all year. The female Hummingbird is the one that builds the nest. She will normally build her nest about 4-25 feet above ground. It will be as small as a house key or  smaller. They look for tree branches or shrubs or even under your house eaves to build. She will use plant fibers and spider webs to make her nest. Then she will line it with plant fibers and feathers. Finally she will camouflage the outside of her nest with tree or rock fungus to protect her eggs.

The next thing to know about these small birds is what their diet is like. Anna’s Hummingbirds feed on the nectar of flowering plants using their very long tongues. Some of the plants they are drawn to are currant, gooseberry, manzanita and eucalyptus. They also feed on very small insects. The insects they like are midges, whiteflies and leafhoppers (one female was found with 32 leafhoppers in her stomach at once). They catch the insects in flight or will find them under plant leaves. Anna’s will also eat tree sap and the insects that get caught in the sap. These little birds are very territorial. The male will chase away other males that enter his territory, and even larger insects like bumblebees or hawkmoths. The Anna Hummingbird eats more than any other Hummingbird in North America.

 Most people love watching these tiny little birds zipping around from one flower to another. They appear to be almost hovering their wings flap so fast. Their wings aren’t the only thing that goes really fast; their heart beats about 1260 beats per minute. Maybe that’s why the Hummingbird only lives for about eight and a half years.  Can you think of a reason other birds might be jealous of the Hummingbird? It might be because Hummingbirds are the only ones known to fly backwards. For the most part the Anna Hummingbird will stick around during the cooler weather and not migrate as long as they can find food. I picked the Anna Hummingbird because I like watching them and wanted to know more, so hopefully I have helped others get to know them as well.

4 thoughts on “Anna’s Hummingbird

  1. I really like how Meg described how it looks and where it lives. She did a good job.

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