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Calliope Hummingbird
Stellula calliope

Hummingbirds
Hummingbird Family (Trochilidae)

Size: Length: 8 cm

Description: Tiny, but spectacular, the calliope hummingbird is easily identified as our only green hummer. It has been confirmed to nest near Canmore, along the upper Red Deer River and may also nest in Banff and Jasper National Parks. Males have a long straight bill, a greenish cap, nape, back and wings. The underside is cream. The eye has a narrow eye-ring and the cheek has a buff patch. The most distinctive feature are a series of bright red streaks radiating from the base of the bill, and spreading across the throat. No other hummingbird has a similar marking. Females lack these red streaks, along with the buff cheek patch. They do have a series of green spots on the throat, radiating from the base of the bill. Also, the flanks, sides, and underside of the tail are cinnamon rufous. Females are difficult to distinguish from female rufous hummingbirds. They have less cinnamon colour, particularly in their tails. Although this is the smallest North American hummingbird, it can travel in excess of 8900 km during its annual migrations. The nest is tiny, preferring the lower branches of a conifer. It consists of a firm cup made of plants, mosses and plant fluff, all held together with spider webs.

Look for them along avalanche slopes, forest fire sites, alpine meadows, and other flower studded locales.

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