Re: Puzzling hummingbird in Bishop

Observers: Tom & Jo Heindel
Email: tjheindelataoldotcom
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Date: 07/20/03
Time: 03:33:03 PM


WOW! What an exciting bird! The wings fall well short of the tail which is a great mark for Broad-tailed. It's obvious that this is not your standard garden variety of Broad-tailed but it certainly is mostly a Broad-tailed. The shape of the gorget is more like a Costa's and it goes up onto the forecrown which a Costa's does. Costa's and Broad-tailed can be found in desert areas with Broad-tailed preferring riparian and Costa's in more zeric areas which can be found right next to each other, i.e. Wyman Canyon. While we are the first to admit that we know almost nothing, OK nothing, about hummer hybridization we are leaning towards a possible Broad-tail X Costa's which has been recorded according to Howell (2002) in Hummingbirds of North America.