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Calliope Hummingbird

Selasphorus calliope ORDER: APODIFORMES FAMILY: TROCHILIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The smallest bird in North America north of Mexico, the Calliope Hummingbird inhabits mountain areas of the northwestern United States. It is the smallest long-distance avian migrant in the world, spending its winters in Mexico.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

Tiny hummingbird. Green upperparts. Male has throat streaked red and white. Female has dull whitish throat and whitish or cinnamon-buff chest and belly.

Immature Description

Resembles adult female. In the hand, can be distinguished from adult female by the presence of ridges along the upper mandible.

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Similar Species

  • Female and immature Rufous and Allen's hummingbirds have similar plumages, but are larger, with more distinct and contrasting rufous markings on tail and flanks, and longer central tail feathers.