Quantcast
Jul 162012
 


In the southern tip of Baja we have only two common types of hummingbirds. Rarely we will find an Anna’s, or Black-chin, here but they are rare.


Our two native hummingbirds are the Xantus – Hylocharis xantusii – and the Costa’s – Calypte costae.

The Xantus is endemic to southern Baja and is often a candidate for some birder’s life list

The bird shown here is the female. The male is similar but has a bright green breast. Fairly common, but found only in southern Baja.

Close-up showing the distinctive eye stripe

male Costa’s Hummingbird

The Costa’s Hummingbird is found in southern California, southern Nevada and Mexico south to Central America. The male has a gorget (chin feathers) that shine a bright purple when the light is right, otherwise the gorget appears black, as show here.

female Costa’s Hummingbird

The female Costa’s lacks the bright purple gorget.

John Spencer

Bird Photographer located in southern Baja, Mexico


Leave a Comment

Top-Viewed Posts Last 30 Days

  1. » POLL: Should the ban on fox hunting be relaxed in the UK? [10666 Views]
  2. POLL: Should the slaughter of wolves in British Columbia be banned? » [2488 Views]
  3. Petition: Stop Lion Canned Hunting in South Africa – Shocking Video » [846 Views]
  4. POLL: Should the Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji Cove be stopped? » [691 Views]
  5. » POLL: Should the fox-hunting laws in the UK be relaxed? [498 Views]
  6. POLL: Should the Monk Parakeet be eradicated in the UK? » [483 Views]
  7. POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US? » [448 Views]
  8. POLL: Should the wolf hunting contest in Idaho be stopped? » [447 Views]
  9. Viral Shark Video Gives Rare Look at a Feeding Frenzy » [409 Views]
  10. Zambia ends trophy hunting ban, elephants fair game » [380 Views]

Top-Viewed Posts Last 12 Months

  1. » POLL: Should the ban on fox hunting be relaxed in the UK? [11113 Views]
  2. POLL: Should the Faroe Islands’ whale slaughter be allowed to continue? » [7942 Views]
  3. POLL: Should the fox-hunting laws in the UK be relaxed? » [7347 Views]
  4. POLL: Should the slaughter of wolves in British Columbia be banned? » [5726 Views]
  5. POLL: Should the Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji Cove be stopped? » [5647 Views]
  6. Petition: Stop Lion Canned Hunting in South Africa – Shocking Video » [4931 Views]
  7. Komodo and its Dragons » [4736 Views]
  8. Trophy Hunting in Africa – Wildlife Slaughter in Graphic Images » [3709 Views]
  9. POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US? » [3604 Views]
  10. POLL: Should the trophy hunting of giraffes be banned? » [3141 Views]