Costa's Hummingbird ~ Female; Nesting by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
, Tucson, AZ 2010 with a Canon Powershot sx10is

With its iridescent violet crown and flared violet gorget, the male Costa’s is a stunning sight. While some desert species nest during the nourishing monsoon rains of July, the Costa’s nest in the cooler month’s of February and March, provided lowers and insects are plentiful; it and the related Anna’s may be the only hummingbirds seen in the deserts at this season.


  • The Costa’s Hummingbird was named after French nobleman Louis Marie Pantaleon Costa, Marquis de Beauregard.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", “glittering”, “hover”, “shimmer”, and "tune” of hummingbirds.

VOICE Call is a rich ringing, sparrowlike tsit

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful detailed capture Kim, excelent work and find of this wee Hummer…inst fave!!!

  • Thank you Larry, I am thrilled that you like it that much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantabout 5 years ago

    Awesome shot , Kimberly !!!!!!!!!!! I must get there, soon !

  • Did you know that they have a automatic cover for the humming bird aviary? I didn’t know that, they were covering it as we were there expecting the storm.. I though it was neat…lol ~ Thank you M’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertabout 5 years ago

    Oh Kim, someday I hope to be able to see something like this in person. I have never seen a Hummingbird nesting. Thanks for sharing this beautiful shot!

  • It was a treat to see it this time of year, and then learning that these Costa’s nest this time of year was even cooler…. Thank you very much Bonnie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • whisperjo
    whisperjoabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful Shot and find! I just told my hubby that I am going to sit in a spot for 2 days to find a nest. Hopefully I will be able to spot a nest. did it take you long? Thanks for sharing.

  • Not really, but I had the advantage of knowing where to look in hummingbird aviary at the Sonoran desert museum. I have no idea where you would look, but would suggest that you look up more info about the “nest” you are looking for and perhaps where to look for one…..Thank you for the great comment!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoabout 5 years ago

    Super shot,great detail.

  • Carla, welcome to my world! Thank you for stopping by and adding me to your watch list! I am glad that you like the image and thank you for you comments!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 5 years ago

    Great job young lady!!!

  • I appreciate that Anthony! Thank you so very much for your supportive comments!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • heeb
    heebabout 5 years ago

    So-o-o-o tiny! Great detail and composition!

  • Thank you so very much heeb! I appreciate your visit and comments!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Kimberly superb DoF :-)

  • I thank you Tom, your visits are always welcome!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

  • What a great way to start my morning! Thank you Kathy~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 5 years ago

    Another brilliant shot. Love that tiny nest.

  • Thank you Sheila, she was a joy to capture!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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