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A to Z Challenge: X is For Xantu’s Hummingbird April 27, 2013

Today is day 24.  X is for Xantus’s Hummingbird

This cute little fellow is about 8-9 cm in length. The male has a black tipped slender straight bill. Its throat is green. In the female the throat is brown. The upper body and back feathers are green, and the crown and face is a blue-black. The belly is a cinnamon brown. Distinct markings are a white and black stripe around the eyes. They have a straight dark tail.

They are endemic to Baja California, and are an accidental vagrant to California and British Columbia. They can be found around arid scrubs, desert, mesquite trees and back yards. Their diet includes nectar and insects.


Photo by tehag

3 Responses to “A to Z Challenge: X is For Xantu’s Hummingbird”

  1. Bames Says:

    Great picture. I would love to meet one such hummingbird 🙂

  2. Just stopping by from the A-Z Challenge list to say “Hi” 🙂

    Great X post honey!

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge, although, not far to go now 😉


  3. I spotted a hummingbird on a desert walk the other day. They are such beautiful little creatures.

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