Costa’s Hummingbird

by Brook

A Costa’s Hummingbird has a bright purple crown and gorget (throat patch), it has a pale green vest and whitish underparts. This is only for the male though. Females do not have a bright purple crown and gorget, it has a green crown and a white gorget. Both male and female have wings that are brownish at the tip and white towards the breast. I personally like the appearance of the Costa’s hummingbird. I especially like the male’s purple crown and gorget. They are about 5 centimeters tall. They weigh from 0.056 ounces to 0.17 ounces, depending on the species.

The Costa’s hummingbird isn’t common in the Rogue Valley, but other hummers, like the Anna’s, are. It isn’t common in the Rogue Valley, but it is common by the ocean. Hummingbirds migrate from Mexico and Central America to here. They make a pit stop in Southern America. They also breed in Mexico and Central America. So they build their nests in Mexico and Central America. Their nests are about the size of a quarter, or 1.5 inches in diameter.

In the wild, hummingbirds survive off of nectar. Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid in flowers. It’s long beak allows it to collect nectar from flowers. They will stick to hummingbird food, if you have a feeder, or flowers. If you want to attract it to your yard, you need a bright colored hummingbird feeder. You will also need hummingbird food.

Hummingbirds face a fairly simple future. If you don’t count the long travel from Mexico to America. Hummingbirds are not endangered. In fact, the hummingbird species can fight off a hawk that’s about ten times the size of one!