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    Identify Adult Male Calliope Hummingbirds

Smallest of all breeding birds in the USA, between 2.75-3.25".  The Calliope is tiny, short tailed, with a short, thin bill.  Male has a gorget that gives a whickered effect.  It is a metallic purplish red (rosey) and sweeps toward his back. It is very streaked looking.  Back is bright as is crown.There is a white line from the gape to the neck. Central Tail feathers have a disctinct spatulate appearance but is hard to see.  Has a white vest which extends into the gorget adding a streaked look to the gorget.  Buffy or rufous sides with green and bronze green spots, pale to grayinsh on chest.  Tail is very short, banded blackish green with little or no rufous near flanks.

Identify Adult Male Calliope Hummingbirds