English and Scientific names:

Anna's Hummingbird
Calypte anna

Number of individuals: 

1 hy male, immature. Partial red gorget and crown.

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Lafayette Parish

Specific Locality:

Paul Conover's yard, Lafayette, LA

Date(s) when observed:

First observed and banded 12/4/05. Relocated to another yard a few miles away and stayed until 1/6/06.

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Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton

Lafayette, LA

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Paul Conover

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


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Measurments all good for Anna's. tail = 31, wing cord = 49.60, exposed culmen = 18.34, wt = 4.01g. Primaries and rectrices all adult and fresh. Crown was greenish grey with about 30% red feathers. Gorget was grey with about 75% red feathers, and a few pin feathers in the throat. All primaries were about the same width which is a characteristic of the genus Calypte. Back was green. Belly and breast were gray. Rectrices were dark and shaped like adult.
The bird continued moting into full adult plumage. See photos.


Sharp chirp similar to Rufous but sharper. Also would perch up and sing the scritchy song of an Anna's.

Similar species:

The red on crown and throat was a purplish red different from Ruby-throats or Broad-tailed. The size was larger than the related Costa's. The Costa's wing cord is 42.3-46.5 mm, and the tail length is 21.3-25.3mm (Pyle). The Costa's throat color is also violet

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

In hand photo's (12/4/05) and a perched photo (1/4/06).

Previous experience with this species: 

Banded a few.

Identification aids:

at time of observation:  Hummingbirds of North America, Sheri Williamson
after observation:  Id Guide to NA Birds,Pyle.

This description is written from: 

Notes taken when banding

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Dave Patton

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