Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched on a twig in Oceanside, Oregon, early January. Photo by Hal Brindley

Daily Creature 57: Anna’s Hummingbird

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Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) perched on a twig in Oceanside, Oregon, early January. Photo by Hal Brindley

Anna’s Hummingbird

(Calypte anna)

The male Anna’s Hummingbird has a spectacular courtship display. He rises to approximately 130 feet in the air then makes a nose dive straight down. At the bottom he makes a bizarre, noisy squeaking sound created by air rushing through his tail feathers as he stops within a couple feet of the object of his affections!

Photographed in Oceanside, Oregon, USA.

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