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Feathered Weather Bad for Anna Hummingbird

What could be smaller than a ping-pong ball, lighter than a Nickel and sparkling everywhere? Anna’s Hummingbird! This bird was named after the Italian of the XIX century Anna Massena.

The males sing a metallic song and can be identified by their iridescent spots in the throat plumage, called Gorget.

You could see them as colorful blur whistling in the air, perched above your head in shrubs and trees, or if you’re lucky, diving to almost 40 feet deep during courship. You are most likely to see Anna’s hummingbirds in a feeder filled with one part sugar to four parts water, or near large colorful flower.


A feathered friend not so good weather

Anna’s hummingbirds are among the most common — and hardy – hummingbirds living on the Pacific coast. This colorful bird is one of only three hummingbird species to live permanently in Canada and the United States.

These birds brave the winter along the Pacific coast, which distinguishes them from other hummingbirds. When it’s cold outside, Anna’s hummingbirds enter a state called torpor, a type of half-winter sleep in which the heart and breathing slow down. During solidification, they can have body temperatures of up to 9 degrees Celsius.

Since the 1950s, these colorful birds have expanded their breeding range in two directions: north and east. They adapt well to suburban areas, especially gardens, open forests, coastal sage bushes and even urban parks.

A Canadian species on the rise

Unlike so many species in Canada, which are declining due to habitat degradation or loss, climate change, pollution and other factors, Anna’s hummingbird populations in Canada have increased significantly since 1970. Some scientists believe that this population growth is due in part to the hummingbird feeder that keep Anna’s hummingbirds active all year round, especially during the cold season.

An important pollinator, love bees or not!

If you are lucky enough to see an Anna hummingbird eating, you can see it pollinated with yellow or white flakes of pollen at the base of its beak or on its forehead.

Anna’s hummingbirds so often feed on wild flower and are diligent pollinators, especially for the Chaparral flora, where the plants grow in winter with flower patterns that correspond to the reproduction and feeding patterns of this species. They provide Pollen from flower to flower as they fly and feed, thus helping to propagate the plants they need to survive.

Interesting facts about Anna’s hummingbird:

A group of hummingbirds can be called a hover, a bouquet of flower, glitter, reflections or a hummingbird melody.
Hummingbirds cannot walk or jump like most birds; they can only lean to the side while sitting.
A healthy Anna’s hummingbird usually has a very cosy body temperature of about 42 degrees Celsius.
Hummingbirds are the next direct living descendants of dinosaurs such as T. rex.

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