Species Profiles for Common
North American Hummingbirds



Hummingbirds and Species Profiles.

Prior to the discovery of the Americas, hummingbirds were unknown in other parts of the world. It is no wonder that early Spanish explorers gave them such names as Aves varias (many-colored birds) and Joyas voladores (flying jewels).

Colonists in New England, inspired by the buzz the little birds make with their wings ..... were the first to call them Hummingbirds.

The following pages will give you some basic species profiles on the most common backyard hummers of the United States of America and Canada.

Some hummingbirds have similar looks and may even share the same territories.

Some west coast hummers never migrate while Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only flying jewel to nest East of the Mississippi River.

These profiles will aid you in identification and in certain displays to watch for.

During the 18Th century, Swedish Naturalist, Carolus Linnaeus devised a system of scientific names for all plants and animals. The scientific name for hummingbirds were placed in a Species Profile of there own, the Trochilidae. The name comes from the Greek word, trochilos, meaning small bird.

Male Costa

When you begin to understand your hummers, you will have an idea on what flowers to plant.

You will understand where to place your feeders and the importance of planting shrubs and trees for nesting and protection.

If you live in Texas or Arizona, you will have several hummingbirds to look at.

From the common to the not so common.

In Michigan, we have the Ruby-throated hummer, but every so often, a Rufous hummer shows up.

It is these surprise visits that can make bird watching and understanding profiles so enjoyable

Enjoy looking up your favorite hummingbirds.



Allen's Hummingbird,

Anna's Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Calliope hummingbird profile

Costa's hummingbird

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Blue-Throated Hummingbird Profile

Now that You Understand Your Species Profiles, Plant Some Nectar Rich Flowers.

Hummingbird Feeders

Migration North

Hummers Mating

Migration South

Feeding hummingbirds, tips and pests

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Hummingbird Main Page

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Most pictures are courtesy of Wikipedia and territorial maps are from USGS.

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