Texas hummingbirds, identification video

This video from the USA says about itself:

Hummingbird Identification Video – Oct. 7, 2016

Want to learn more about how to identify the hummingbirds that you see on the West Texas Hummingbird Cam? Let us help you out! Watch the video and use the identification tools that are listed for each of the species in this video.

Watch all the action live at AllAboutBirds.org/TexasHummers to practice your new skills!

Male and Female Black-chinned – These slender hummers are comparatively small with dull, metallic green backs, flat foreheads and long bills. Males are identified by an iridescent purple band present underneath a black chin. Females often have a grayish crown with dull gray underparts.

Immature Male Anna’s – These rare visitors are medium-large sized and stocky with a short black bill. Immature males often exhibit a throat patch and face that is speckled with iridescent rosy-pink. Notice the lack of any cinnamon wash on the body or rufous on the tail? This distinguishes the juvenile male Anna’s Hummingbird from Rufous Hummingbirds.

Male Magnificent – The iridescent purple crown and equally striking green gorget easily distinguish the large, long-billed male Magnificent Hummingbird from the other visitors on camera.

Male Calliope – These tiny birds are the smallest you’ll see north of Mexico in North America. The male Calliope exhibits a streaky magenta and white throat pattern combined with green upperparts and short, thin bill.

Male and Female Rufous – The male Rufous Hummingbird is named for its color. The brilliant orange face, sides and back, combined with the vivid red-bronze gorget set these pugnacious individuals apart from the rest. Females are equipped with an iridescent reddish spot in the center of the throat. These medium-sized female hummingbirds have buffy rufous sides, green heads and backs, and whitish bellies.

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