Stripe-tailed Hummer – nah!

Jumping forwards in the sequential story of our trip out west, this made me sit up at first.

Snapshot 1 (25-06-2014 09-57) copy

I’d been messing about taking short videos of Black-chinned Hummingbirds coming to feeders at our location, Canyon Wren Cabins, Oak Creek, AZ. The activity was frenetic and my view limited. On reviewing the footage I was a bit taken aback to see a hummingbird dive in for just seconds and showing broad white outer tail feathers. Although the glimpse was brief, nothing else in the clip suggested that the bird was anything other than a bird showing a degree of leucism. That the leucism on the tail was so specific just made it more fun.

I had to wait another day for an opportune moment to get a view and shot of the bird. I don’t doubt that it is a leucistic Black-chinned Hummingbird but when badly seen there is some resemblance to a fleeing Striped-tailed Hummingbird of Central America.

IMG_1998 (2) Stripe-tailed Hummingbird


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