Anna’s Hummingbird

Named for Anna de Belle Massena, the wife of a French prince and bird collector, Anna's Hummingbird is more cold-hardy than most hummingbirds. It can be found all year along the Pacific Coast, north as far as British Columbia.


Michael R. Duncan
Anna’s Hummingbird, Male
Anna’s Hummingbird, Female


Anna's HummingbirdMichael R. Duncan
Michael R. Duncan Anna’s Hummingbird, Male

Scientific Name: Calypte anna.
Family: Hummingbird.
Length: 4 inches.
Wingspan: 5-1/4 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Male has an iridescent  rose-red crown and throat. Female has a red patch on the throat and white markings over eyes.
Nest: Made of plant down held together with spider webs, the nest holds two tiny white eggs.
Voice:  More vocal than most hummingbirds, the male sings a buzzy, scratchy series of notes.Habitat: Gardens and parks.
Diet: Nectar, sugar water, spiders, small insects and tree sap.
Backyard Favorite: Sugar water and plants for nectar.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Anna’s Hummingbird’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Annas Hummingbird Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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