Copper rumped hummingbird

(Amazilia tobaci erythronotus)
Whether green, blue, turquoise or aquamarine… whether tufted, hooded or crested, hummingbirds are star attractions wherever they appear. This highly popular bird family, concentrated within the American tropics and Caribbean, comes in a variety of
sizes and colour combinations. Of the species, the Copper-rumped Hummingbird is the most common and well-distributed on both our islands. At home in forests, savannahs and swamps, it also frequents flowering yards in residential areas.
First-time visiting birdwatchers to Asa Wright Nature Centre are more likely to see
the Copper-rumped Hummingbird before any other species, as they forage between
flowering plants and nectar feeders.
While not as brilliantly hued as many of its more flamboyant cousins, this species is particularly known for its belligerence towards rival birds (not always other hummingbirds) invading its territory. This behaviour may be typical of many (if not all)
hummingbird species, but the Copper-rumped is the best example of the family’s aggressive territorialism. The Copper-rumped Hummingbird can be
further recognised by its straight bill, green crown, bright green face and underparts,
white rear flanks, rufus wings and undertail coverts, green nape and back, coppery bronze lower mantle and rump, and greyish blue tail.
Adult male and female birds look alike and can be seen from the main house verandah
and throughout the Asa Wright property. Come see for yourself!

By J.L. RYAN

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