Thursday, October 2, 2014


Hi Everybody!!
On August 21, the females and juveniles began arriving to the delight of the boys. Most birds coming here are Ruby-Throated Hummers. Later on some Black Chinned may come. I have shared a list from Wikipedia of all the hummingbirds in the world. The birds engage in aggressive flying maneuver exercises with each other and the bees, but I have never seen one actually kill each other or the bees. They arrive at the feeders around 6:30 am and will feed at the feeders until dark. They all sit down together to eat. They sleep in the trees. This is a very exciting time at the Bird Sanctuary. Enjoy! 

Male flashing his Ruby Gorget.

Link to Album Photostudy for August 21, 2014:


List of hummingbird genera in taxonomic order

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is a list of hummingbird genera arranged alphabetically by subfamilyList of hummingbirds has a complete species list sortable by common and binomial name.
Taxonomic lists of both genera and species are available at the subfamily pages Phaethornithinae and Trochilinae.

Subfamily Phaethornithinae[edit]

Hermit hummingbirds. Relatively dull. Iridescence slight and typically limited to the upperparts. Most have a dark face and elongated central rectrices with white, buff or ochraceous tips. Long bills slightly decurved in most species, but much variation across group.

Subfamily Trochilinae[edit]

Male rufous hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus

Male ruby-throated hummingbird
Archilochus colubris

Male violet sabrewing
Campylopterus hemileucurus
Typical hummingbirds. An incredible range of colors, shapes and sizes. Bills vary wildly. Sexes usually quite different in color; females often have metallic green upperparts and spangles on their white underside.
  • Genus Abeillia – emerald-chinned hummingbird
  • Genus Adelomyia – speckled hummingbird
  • Genus Aglaeactis – sunbeams (4 species)
  • Genus Aglaiocercus – sylphs (3 species)
  • Genus Amazilia (29 species)
    • Agyrtria group – Agyrtria emeralds
    • Polyerata group – Polyerata emeralds
    • Saucerottia group - Saucerottia emeralds (probably one recently extinct subspecies)
  • Genus Androdon – tooth-billed hummingbird
  • Genus Anthocephala – blossomcrown
  • Genus Anthracothorax – mangos (7 species)
  • Genus Archilochus (2 species)
  • Genus Atthis (2 species)
  • Genus Augastes – visorbearers (2 species)
  • Genus Avocettula – fiery-tailed awlbill
  • Genus Basilinna (2 species, recently split from Hylocharis)
  • Genus Boissonneaua – coronets (3 species)
  • Genus Calliphlox – Calliphlox woodstars (4 species)
  • Genus Calothorax – Calothorax sheartails (2 species)
  • Genus Calypte (2 species)
  • Genus Campylopterus – sabrewings (12 species)
  • Genus Chalybura – plumeleteers (2 species)
  • Genus Chaetocercus – Chaetocercus woodstars (6 species)
  • Genus Chalcostigma – Chalcostigma thornbills (5 species)
  • Genus Chlorestes – blue-chinned sapphire
  • Genus Chlorostilbon – typical emeralds (17 species, 2 recently extinct)

Male short-tailed emerald
Chlorostilbon portmanni

Male purple-throated mountaingem
Lampornis calolaema

Photostudy continues:

Breeder Male

juvenile male


young male with 2 rubies

The roof and windows of the front porch at Kates Cabin.
The birds enjoy flying through the lattice for sneak attacks!

...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek.  See you next time!