The Black-chinned Hummingbird Cole’s Bird of the Month for August

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The male Black-chinned hummingbird is known for his royal purple necklace which he displays like a king wears his crown. You’ll find him perched high above his kingdom on a bare branch surveying his subjects below – the perfect position for showing off. He’ll dive up to 100 feet, letting the ladies witness his speed and agility while impressing on other males that THIS is HIS land.

If you happen to catch sight of this stately creature, hopefully you were lucky enough to be in just the right light to see his iridescent royal purple necklace separating his dark, almost black head from his white breast. His queen is much more modest in her dress. She’s a drab greenish gray making her better suited to blend in with nature. When trying to distinguish the Black-chinned hummingbird from other hummers, look for a white spot behind the eye.

Another characteristic of Black-chinned hummingbirds is their size. They are smaller than most breeds of hummingbirds, especially the males. While this little royal subject may have a bold look and personality, he weighs in at just over three grams. The females are actually a little bigger weighing about 3.5 grams.

Black-chinned hummingbirds are adaptable to all sorts of climates and settings. You can find the little creatures from deserts to mountain forests. They spend the spring and summer in various parts of North America, as far north as Canada and as far south as Mexico.  Although these hummers have been seen in about half of the 50 states, they are most comfortable in the wild west. They love places like Arizona, Colorado, and Nevada for breeding. Southern states such as Georgia, Alabama, and Florida occasionally host these hummers during the winter months. In fact, Richard and Nancy Cole, the founders of Cole’s Wild Bird Products, were the first to officially document the sighting of a Black-chinned hummingbird in the state of Georgia on December 24,1990 .

If you want to attract Black-chinned Hummingbirds, just use the same sugar water you use to attract any hummer. It will help if you have tall trees with bare branches. These birds also love to dart and weave among flowering shrubs and insect swarms. Watch for them to return to a favorite perch or throne after eating from your feeder or your flowers. Want to see a Black-chinned hummingbird, click  below.

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Cole’s Wild Bird Products is a family-owned company that distributes wild bird feed and suet products. The company is known for offering the highest quality products on the market. Cole’s also specializes in chile infused seed products designed to make your feeder a bird’s only “hot” spot. Cole’s started in the garage of mom and pop entrepreneurs Richard and Nancy Cole back in the early 1980’s. Today it distributes to retailers nationwide. Cole’s is located in the metro Atlanta area. For more information, visit www.coleswildbird.com

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