Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This bird feisty North American mystery is a challenge to identify (including video)

Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus

(protonym Trochilus rufus

), photographed in the Smith Point Hawk Watch, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Texas (USA).

image:. Joseph Kennedy, 27 August 2011 (with permission) [velociraptorize]

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with the eyepiece TSN-PZ camera 1/800 f/8.0 ISO400 to 1000.0mm


'm sure you all can identify this mystery bird for the family, so I will first ask what is the taxonomic family bird in? Species will be difficult, but I suspect some of you can identify the species, sex and age, so please share your ideas! But one thing I want you to notice is the beak of this bird, why so bent? Running on a window, the peak for the first time? Or is this bird doing something else?


This is an immature Rufous Hummingbird,

Selasphorus rufus

, one of the listed species in the family Trochilidae. I will do the ridiculous, as you will see in the following paragraphs, to guess that this guy is an immature female.

As you probably know, hummingbirds are the common name of the buzz they make while flying and fluttering - and all hummingbirds can hover in the air flapping their wings 12-90 times per second (body size and wing beat rate are inversely related). Interestingly, hummingbirds are the only group of birds that can fly backwards.
male red hummingbird hummingbirds are the only North American natural that is bright red-orange or yellowish. Except for this difference in color of plumage, males are almost identical to man Allen hummingbirds, particularly in rare species of birds have green feathers on its back, which can easily be confused with the form of orange supported by Allen Hummingbird.

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