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Copper-rumped Hummingbird


Copper-rumped Hummingbird
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Copyright: Marc Couse (kodiak1) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 23 W: 0 N: 7] (97)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-03
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-29 11:53
Viewed: 5263
Points: 4
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The Copper-rumped Hummingbird, Saucerottia tobaci (formerly Amazilia tobaci), is a small bird that breeds in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, and has occurred as a vagrant on Grenada. It is a seasonal migrant in parts of Venezuela.

This hummingbird inhabits open country, gardens and cultivation. The female Copper-rumped Hummingbird lays its eggs in a tiny cup nest on a low branch, or sometimes wires or clotheslines. Incubation takes 16-17 days, and fledging another 19-23, and there may be up to three broods in a season. It is the predominant species of hummingbird in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Copper-rumped Hummingbird is 8.6 cm long and weighs 4.7 g. The bill is fairly long, straight and mostly black with some pink on the lower mandible. The adult has copper-green upperparts, becoming copper-bronze on the rump. The head and underparts are bright green, the thighs are white and the tail and legs are black. The sexes are similar.

The subspecies which breeds in Trindad and northern Venezuela, S. t. erythronota, is smaller and has more bronzing on the upperparts than the nominate S. t. tobaci of Tobago. The latter race has occurred as a vagrant to Grenada. There are several other forms in Venezuela differing in the colour of the rump and back.

The food of this hummingbird is nectar, taken from a wide variety of flowers, and some small insects. Copper-rumped Hummingbirds perch conspicuously and defend their territories aggressively against other hummingbirds, bees, and larger bird species; this is especially during mating season, which is early in the year.

The call of this species is a chip, and the song is a high-pitched tyee-tyee-tyoo.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2006-12-29 12:10]
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What a fantastic bird! I love the colors and the pose of the bird. I that some sort of feeder it is sitting on? The is also a good crop but maybe you should apply some sharpening to further enhance the bird towards the background, but that is a minor comment.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture. Bengt

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  • Arif (0)
  • [2006-12-29 14:20]

evet güzel bir an. harika bir bird.

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