Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Calliope Hummingbird

Calliope Hummingbird - Stellula calliope

At 25 grams, the Calliope is the smallest bird in North America. Amazingly, this tiny bird migrates 8900 km in a year!
The Calliope is sufficiently distinct to warrant a unique genera. There are 18 species of hummingbird in North America. 
In the courtship display the Calliope can climb up to 30 or 40 meters before the dive.


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