Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird


The Calliope Hummingbird is tiny (2.75 to 3.25 inches) with a short black bill and a very short tail. The male has streaky wine-red feathers at his throat, over a white background. His back and crown are bright green and he has creamy white undersides. The female has a bright green back and creamy white undersides. Her throat is usually stippled with a brownish bronze.


Where you might see them

Most common in northern California, northwestern Nevada and northern Idaho.



The Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest breeding bird found in the United States.


Sources: A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) and Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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