The Anna’s Hummingbird was named after Anna Massena, Duchess of Rivoli, a European noblewoman in Italy during the 19th century.
Due to their high metabolism, they must eat constantly, feasting on nectar and insects, giving them energy for flapping their wings at incredible speeds.
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Nesting Habits of the Anna's Hummingbird
Breeding season for the Anna’s hummingbird runs December through May/June annually. Males arrive early to establish a territory with ample food sources. Females arrive a few weeks after the males and establish separate territories.
The typical habitat for breeding is in wooded areas or in mountain meadows. The male and female Anna's hummingbird associate only long enough for mating, with the female Anna's hummingbird running the show on nest construction and rearing of the young.
The nest of the Anna's hummingbird, made from plant down and spider webs, are covered in lichen. Once the nest is partially built, the male Anna's hummingbird begins to perform courtship displays.
He will hover in front of the female Anna's hummingbird, rise high, pause to sing in a ‘thin squeaky warble’ and dive toward the female in a big arc at the end of which the male Anna's hummingbird makes a loud ‘explosive’ noise.
Anna's hummingbird eggs incubate for about two weeks before hatching. The young spend three weeks in the nest, then start to wander away, though they are still dependent on their mother for food for a handful of days.
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