Costa's Hummingbird on Nest

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Costa’s Hummingbird on Nest

I was so excited to get a photo of this female Costa’s Hummingbird feeding her baby on the nest. This baby is only 3 days old, and you can just see the little head poking out! I was in the hummingbird aviary at Arizona’s Desert Museum, where the male and female Costa’s hummers were vigorously defending their territory from any other intruding hummingbird. The male has a gorgeous violet crown and throat, which shines with iridescence in the light.

From Cornell’s website: “A desert hummingbird, Costa’s Hummingbird breeds in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of California and Arizona. It departs the desert in the hottest days of summer, moving to chaparral, scrub, or woodland habitat.”

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