1. What kind of hummingbird is this? These guys don’t come to Missouri, as far as I know. (I’ve only seen the ruby-throated and the rufous hummingbirds.) However, the conservation department does have a list of all the hummingbirds ever positively ID’d in Missouri:

    Green violet-ear,[n 1] Colibri thalassinus (A)
    Ruby-throated hummingbird, Archilochus colubris
    Black-chinned hummingbird, Archilochus alexandri (A)
    Anna’s hummingbird,[n 1] Calypte anna (CA)
    Calliope hummingbird, Selasphorus calliope (A)
    Rufous hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus

    (A = accidental visitor)
    (N1 means recorded fewer than five times in the state’s history)

    • It’s likely an Annas Hummingbird. Or maybe a Rufous. Hard to tell the two apart, at least for me…their coloring is very similar. Beautiful, either way. 🙂

      • I’d lean toward the rufous, due to the rump feathers. But I don’t know what species are native (or accidental) to California. If it’s a different species then I wouldn’t know it.

        • Oh, that’s an interesting way to distinguish them–thanks!

          Annas & Rufous Hummingbirds are very common here. Extraordinary, but commonly found, year ’round. 🙂

    • Thanks, me too! It’s hard to find true-blue flowers, and drought-tolerant plants especially. I had to move them a couple of times, but once I found the right spot in my backyard garden, they really took off. And the hummingbirds flock to them, so everyone wins!

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