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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)

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Class: Aves
Family: Trochilidae
Common Name: Costa's Hummingbird
Genus: Calypte
Species Name: costae

About The Costa's Hummingbird

A desert hummingbird, Costa's Hummingbird breeds in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts of California and Arizona. It departs the desert in the hottest days of summer, moving to chaparral, scrub, or woodland habitat. Researchers have found that Costa's Hummingbird can enter a torpid state, with slowed heart rates and reduced body temperatures, under low ambient nighttime temperatures. The hearts of torpid Costa's Hummingbirds beat about 50 times per minute, while those of nontorpid resting Costa's Hummingbirds beat 500 to 900 times per minute.

Bibliographic Citation: "Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae)." The Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds. Citation Link Accessed 24 Jan 2014.

Trips Where Observed

Mexico, Baja California Sur

Member Lifelists

North America
San Francisco
United States

Sites Where Observed


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