[texbirds] Re: Black-chinne Hummer with blue throat

  • From: "John Arvin" <jarvin@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gn_baker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:04:38 -0500

The orangish red gorgets of some male Ruby-throated Hummers in fall 
migration has been shown to result from wear (they are getting close to the 
molt when they renew the feathers they have been wearing for almost a 
year). I don't know, but it may be that some Black-chinned males reflect 
blue rather than purple light when the gorget feathers are worn. Note that 
not all individuals wear equally so only some male Ruby-throats appear 
orange and the same may hold true for Black-chins.

John C. Arvin
Research Associate
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 West Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Austin, Texas 

 From: "George Baker" <gn_baker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:47 PM
To: texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [texbirds] Black-chinne Hummer with blue throat

  Texbirders,   My family spent this past weekend at our ranch in northern 
Kimble County where I saw a very interesting male Black-chinned Hummingbird 
with a lovely blue throat instead of the typical magenta/purple.  I have 
seen Ruby-throated Hummers with variable colors to the throat iridescence 
(gold or orange, etc) but have not seen or heard of iridescence variations 
in Black-chinned.  In any case, I thought he was pretty cool and a photo is 
posted at the following link along with that of a typical Black-chinned for 
anyone interested.   
QE#      Take care, Noreen Baker Austin 

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