Costa's Hummingbird

Costa's Hummingbird Washington District of Columbia

Stock #: 235630
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
City: Washington
State: District of Columbia (DC)
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 Jun-15
PM City: Washington
PM State: DC
Stamp: 29c
Size: 4.25" x 5.75" (11 x 15 cm)

Additional Details:
No.92-48. The bright green and violet plumage of the Costa's Hummingbird is the perfect compliment to a harshly beautiful landscape of red sandstone and purple sage. Found from California east to New Mexico, the Costa's Hummingbird is known for its fondness of high, dry plateaus. In the winter, the bird migrates a comparatively short distance to Arizona and southern California and into Mexico. But in the summer, the Costa's frequents the canyons and mountains of the American Southwest, as well as California's golden hills. The male is very distinctively marked, for no other hummingbird on the continent has a purple cap and throat, plus feathers that stick out like whiskers. As mating season rolls around, the male Costa's performs stunning aerial acrobatics in an attempt to woo a female. Once he as succeeded, the female will lay two tiny eggs in a nest scarcely over an inch in outside diameter. The eggs weigh as much as 20 percent of the mother's body weight, the equivalent of a 135-pound woman giving birth to a 27-pound baby
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