By Kim Long
A mix of illustrated box consultant, truth booklet, and folklore assortment, "Hummingbirds" is a brand new form of flora and fauna publication. This concise, illustrated instruction manual provides a correct, informative portrait of hummingbirds of their common habitat, alongside with an exam in their dating to guy. America’s most well-liked poultry, the hummingbird can also be specified to this hemisphere. local cultures—including Aztec, Mayan, and North American Indian—have lengthy respected this tiny creature for its remarkable iridescent colours and fearless habit. as soon as killed through the hundreds of thousands to supply feathers for eu models, hummingbirds—noted for being the smallest birds with the most important appetites—are now a favourite of yard poultry watchers in North the United States. "Hummingbirds" is a straightforward consultant to those winged creatures, delivering an illustrated exam in their habit, biology, and person features. a realistic source for either the yard and the sphere.
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HABITS Male dives in steep arcs and tight "shuttle" flights while courting. Males and females fan and pump their tails rapidly while hovering. May chase flying insects. Found in the same areas as Costa's hummingbird; overlapping range with ruby-throated hummingbird in Texas only. Page 37 Page 38 Blue-Throated Hummingbird Blue-Throated Hummingbird Female Blue-Throated Hummingbird Male Page 39 VITAL STATISTICS OFFICIAL NAME Blue-throated hummingbird Lampomis clemenciae COMMON NAMES Spanish: Chupamirto garganta azul DESCRIPTION One of the largest hummingbirds in North America.
Page 16 Names "That which we call the humming bird, much less than a Wren, not much bigger than an humble Bee ... " R. Ligon, 1657 ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD Selasphorus sasin. Named for Charles A. Allen (1841-1930), an amateur ornithologist who is credited with being the first to recognize this bird as a distinct species. The Allen's Hummingbird had previously been considered the same as the rufous. The roots of the word Selasphorus, created by William Swainson in 1831, are from the Greek. Selas means "light," and phorus means "carrying," hence the translation, light carrier, or torchbearer.
BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD Cynanthus latirostris. Named for the wider-than-normal bill. William Swainson (1789-1855), was a naturalist who received credit for first describing this genus; he published his findings in 1827. Cynanthus includes the root anthos, a Greek word meaning "flower," and kynos, meaning "dog" (or kyanos, dark blue and anthos, bright). " BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD Selasphorus platycercus. Named for its broad tail structure. The roots of the word Selasphorus are from the Greek: selas means "light," and phorus means "carrying," hence the translation light carrier, or torchbearer.