Costa's Hummingbirds

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Description

The male Costa's Hummingbirds iridescent violet gorget extends down on both sides of the throat like a mustache. The crown and patch behind the eye are the same color as the throat. Back is green and undersides are a pale gray. He has a white eyebrow. Female has a bright green back and pale underparts. Her chin is unmarked or may have a small patch of purple in the center.

 

Where you might see them

Costa's Hummingbirds can be found in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of California and Arizona.

 

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

 

Hummingbird Gardens

Hummingbird at purple coneflower

Hummingbirds love sugar water feeders, but it's also nice to provide natural nectar sources for them. You can plant flowers in your garden or on your porch or patio that will be both pretty for you to look at and beneficial to the hummingbirds.

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