As if their amazing powers of flight weren’t enough, hummingbirds wear some of the most brilliant feathers in the world. Often fitted with a basic outfit of iridescent bronze or green plumage, most species also display patches of feathers on the head or chest that usually look dull, but which flood the eye with brilliant colored light when the bird faces the sun.

Neither words, photographs, nor video can quite capture the full effect. It’s one of those things that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Here, an Anna’s Hummingbird on a twig is about to begin his display:

A simple turn of the head is enough to ignite a magenta-rose supernova:

He moves from perch to perch, singing his scratchy song, and repeatedly beaming light into the world:

Thanks for visiting, and may you be at ease.


    1. You are welcome! Hummingbirds are native to North and South America and the islands of the Caribbean Sea. In Malaysia there is a very similar type of bird called the sunbird. Sunbirds drink nectar from flowers like hummingbirds do, and some of them have brilliant colors, too. I don’t know the Malay name for them. 🙂

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