Continuing with the Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna):
As I mentioned in a previous post (Female Anna’s Hummingbird 11-04-2016), Anna’s hummingbirds do not form pairs. The female Anna’s hummingbird builds the nest, broods the eggs and cares for the young without any assistance from the male.
After building her tiny nest the female lays two white eggs. After 16 days of incubation, the chicks that emerge from the eggs are helpless, blind and have very little down. The young hummingbirds fledge at approximately 20 days. As can be seen in the photograph, the mother continues to feed her offspring for a period of time after they leave the nest.
Nectar, small insects and tree sap comprise the diet of an Anna’s hummingbird.
This female Anna’s hummingbird and her fledgling were photographed outside of Tucson AZ.