A Hummingbird With A Solid Black Head, White Ring Around His Neck, And Body Emerald. What's It's Name?


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It is said that there are over 50 different species of hummingbird in the US and Mexico, and over 300 species worldwide. With this in mind it is difficult to give the definite name of the hummingbird that matches this description. The closest match would be a Male Black Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri).

The Black Chinned Hummingbird is smaller than the average hummingbird. A fully grown a male is approximately 9cm long with a wingspan of just 11cm and weight of around 3g; females are slightly bigger weighing around 3.4g. The male has a black head and a green body and the female colors are light green and white all over. They both have long flat bills and the females have white tipped tail feathers.

You will find Black Chinned Hummingbirds living in western United States, mainly Southern Arizona and New Mexico, and also some parts of Canada and South America. They can be found in deserts, forests and urban areas and are extremely widespread. The Black Chinned Hummingbirds feed on nectar from flowers, pollen and insects. Urban hummingbirds will also take sugar water from bird feeders; this is a great opportunity to get up close to these beautiful birds.

Their mating season is during the spring where the male puts on quite a show for the female including several pendulum dives about 100 feet wide which can reach up to 60 miles per hour.

A female will lay 2 white eggs the size of two coffee beans which will hatch approximately 13-16 days later. The young will leave the nest around 21 days after hatching.

The hummingbird's life span is between 7 - 10 years, although many don't get through their first year - especially during hatching and leaving the nest. The longest recorded lifespan in the wild is said to be 12 years.

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