[Tweeters] Male Anna's mortality interaction

Robert O'Brien baro at pdx.edu
Fri May 6 18:46:48 PDT 2022

On this ugly subject, years ago I photographed an adult Anna's attempting
to rape a young, out of the nest, fledgling that had a still short beak and
could not fly very well..
Bob OBrien

On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 6:44 PM Robert O'Brien <baro at pdx.edu> wrote:

> I found it amazing. Almost unbelievable. BUT..............see here.

> Appears also to be a molting (immature?) Anna's killing an adult.

> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2MSlJEZrj0

> Bob OBrien Portland


> On Fri, May 6, 2022 at 5:48 PM Steve Giles <giles.steve at hotmail.com>

> wrote:


>> Hello all,


>> This morning I witnessed a male Anna's hummingbird impaling another male

>> Anna's with its beak until it died.


>> At about 9 AM I looked out at our feeders and on one of them I saw what

>> looked like an Anna's perched on top of something dark and horizontal in

>> the channel of the feeder. The perched bird seemed to be stabbing whatever

>> it was on with its bill. I looked through my bins and saw that it was

>> another hummingbird laying on the feeder being repeatedly stabbed by the

>> bird on top of it. Next I slowly walked out to the feeder and got to within

>> 18 inches of the activity and had close views of one male Anna's

>> vigorously impaling another around the head and throat. The attacker was so

>> consumed by its efforts that it only spooked when I got within a foot of

>> the scene. This all happened in about fifteen minutes. Finally the prone

>> bird tumbled off the feeder onto the ground. I later collected it and will

>> take it to the Burke Museum.


>> Has anyone else seen Anna's aggressive behavior rise to this deadly level?


>> Steve Giles


>> Camano Island




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