[Tweeters] Hummingbird identification help wanted

Kevin Lucas vikingcove at gmail.com
Tue Apr 7 13:23:57 PDT 2015

Thanks for the helpful responses.

The hummingbird appears to be a female Anna's Hummingbird. In my first
photos the outer tail feathers seemed to have black pointing down into the
white tips. Later photos (#7 & #12) taken outside clearly show the outer
two tail feathers' (R4, R5) white tips without black pointing down into
them, and R3, the next tail feather in, with just a little white at the tip.
There's an excellent illustration of this on page 151 of Hummingbirds of
North America, by Steve N. G. Howell.

I added a few of those later photos to my Flickr stream.

Good birding,
Kevin Lucas
Selah, WA


On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 10:00 AM, Kevin Lucas <kevinslucas at yahoo.com> wrote:

> This morning Mary spotted a hummingbird at our window feeder. I'd like

> help identifying it. I've posted 5 cropped photos showing the pattern on

> the outer tail feathers and on the face. Photos were taken though the

> window on this overcast morning.



> http://kevinslucas.com/?q=category/image-galleries/identification-help-wanted

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/58148027@N07/


> Bill shape and size, and body shape appear like Anna's Hummingbird.

> The outer two tail feathers have broad white tips with subterminal black

> pointing into it. (Points to immature male?)

> The face has something of a cheek patch.

> The chin doesn't show contrasting white, except in photo 4. (not immature

> male?)

> Throat has some dark central spots -- not appearing iridescent my photos

> (due to overcast?).

> Body feathers don't have light tips as I've often seen on young birds.


> My guess is adult female Anna's Hummingbird.


> Please send your identification thoughts to my gmail address: vikingcove@


> Thanks for your help,

> Kevin Lucas

> Selah, WA



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