Calliope Hummingbird

Selasphorus calliope

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

CAHU

Code 6

STECAL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Calliope Hummingbird is native to the United States, Mexico and Canada. This bird has a range of more than 1 million square kilometers. It is estimated that the global population of the Calliope Hummingbird is around 1 million individual birds. Previously, the Calliope Hummingbird had a rating of Lower Risk. That rating has now been downgraded to a Least Concern rating. There are no immediate threats that would endanger the population of this bird.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Calliope Hummingbird: Very small hummingbird, metallic green upperparts and flanks, white underparts. Throat feathers are long, purple-red, appearing as streaks on a white background, whiskers when fluffed out, or dark, inverted V when folded. Direct and hovering flight with very rapid wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Calliope Hummingbird: Breeds from central British Columbia and southwestern Alberta, through Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California to northern Baja California, and east to Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. Winters from northern to central Mexico. Prefers meadows, canyons and streams in open montane forests. In winter and migration prefers chaparral, lowland brushy areas, and deserts.

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Calliope Hummingbird SONGS AND CALLS

Calliope Hummingbird B1

Call is a thin, high-pitched "tseep" or "zee-ree".

Calliope Hummingbird C1

Calls given in flight.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"si tsi-tsi, tsi-tsi", "see-ree", "tsip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • It prefers high mountains, and has been seen as high as 11,000 feet.
  • The Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest breeding bird in North America and the smallest long-distance avian migrant in the world.
  • This bird was named after the Greek muse Calliope. The latin name Stellula means "little star," given for the male's streaked purple-redgorget over a white background.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
GorgetX
A small iridescent patch on the throat of a hummingbird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X