December 2008 - Anna's Hummingbird
 
Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna - male
Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna
The tiny Anna's Hummingbird is a permanent resident of the west coast of North America, up to south-western British Columbia. Like other hummingbirds, they enjoy nectar from flowers but they are also great consumers of flies and spiders.

The male (above) has a metallic rose-red crown and throat that dazzles in certain light. Females (below) have only a touch of red on the throat and green heads.
 
Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna - female
It was named after a 19th century Italian duchess whose husband, a collector of natural history, had a speciman in his collection.
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