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The Costa's Hummingbird
(Calypte costae)
is a tiny hummingbird. The male has a metallic green back,
violet-purple crown and throat with a green breast. The female has a green back and crown, white breast and throat and is a bit larger than the male.

Like other hummingbirds, the Costa's feeds on nectar and insects and because they use so much energy, they must feed constantly. On an average, they will consume 2/3 of their weight in a single day. Costa's spend their winters in southern California, and can be found in the low desert and in chaparrals of the southwest.

Costa's can fly sideways, up or down, backwards, and even upside down. You will never see them walk, as their legs are so weak it is easier for them to fly one foot than it is to walk the distance

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