This dull-colored bird was sitting in a pine tree across the street this week. It looks like a hummingbird, but aren’t they supposed to be colorful?
Now that’s more like it! A very colorful bird, indeed. But wait a second- it’s the same bird! That’s right. Hummingbirds don’t actually have any coloring. But if their bodies are angled just right towards the sun, the sunlight breaks up as it reflects off of their feathers. This is why we see such intense colors sometimes, but other times we see nothing but black, white, and gray.
The red mark on this bird’s throat is a good indication that this is a female Anna’s Hummingbird. The male’s entire head is red, like this photo below that I took earlier in the year.
Below is the female again, drinking nectar from this daylily. Hummingbirds are able to hover in place because they flap their wings very, very quickly (40 to 80 times per second, depending on the type of hummingbird).