Texas Hummingbirds And More
Hummingbirds are special to the Americas. These birds of iridescent colors and myriad sizes have fascinated the American minds for centuries. For early Native Americans they represented the magic of nature and for modern day Americans they are a symbol of nature’s beauty is full force. Around 27 reported species of hummingbirds are found in the US with Texas boasting the bulk of their presence at 18. The range and diversity of Texas hummingbirds is largely due to the year round comfortable and warm weather and the diverse flora and fauna of the state.
In fact, the southern states have been proud hosts of diverse hummingbird species for ages now. Banding studies have reported that certain species are so comfortable here that they have evolved out of migration habits. Most common of them being the Louisiana hummingbirds. The warm, lush and humid climate of Louisiana makes a great weather for these birds. It also makes for rich foliage and abundance of insects. What else does a hummingbird need to survive and thrive? Among the other southern species which have become permanent residents in the US are the Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida hummingbirds which are also known as southern USA hummingbirds.
Louisiana hummingbirds make up for 12 species in total. All the popular ones are seen here from time to time but the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is by far the most commonly sighted one. The other species popular here include the Black-chinned and the Rufous Hummingbird, the Blue-throated, the Buff-bellied and the Broad-tailed Hummingbird, the Allen’s, the Anna’s Hummingbird, the Calliope Hummingbird, the Green-eared and the Broad-billed Hummingbird and the Magnificent Hummingbird. Year round they get the warm weather they need along with very mild winters which negate their necessity to migrate. The same is true of Texas.
The Texas Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Among all the Texas hummingbirds the most common one found in southeastern Texas is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. They pass through the state during their spring migration to up north from March through May. They are again seen when they are flying south during their winter migration from July through September. Dedicated backyard feeders in the state are all set and prepared to host their seasonal guests all through these months. The luckier one can have the rare pleasure of spotting a Green Violet-Ear or a Green-breasted Mango passing through the state. Diversity and length of stay of the hummingbirds in the state has also given way to a variety of hummingbird gardens here.
Some of the winter Texas hummingbirds include species like the Black-chinned and Rufous hummingbirds. But one can also spot Buff-bellied, Broad-tailed, Costa’s, Calliope, Anna’s and Allen’s here. Because of their long stay in the state they attract a large number of bird lovers and scientists who study and gather more data about these fascinating creatures. Among all the names mentioned above, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the Black-chinned are the only ones who nest here. The rest are visitors who don’t breed or nest in the state but are definitely long time visitors who love to come back year after year.