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Amazing Hummingbird Changes Color Right Before Your Eyes

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

The Animal Kingdom never ceases to amaze, and this video is absolutely stunning! Here, a young Anna’s Hummingbird takes a few moments out of his day to perch before the camera.

Viewers are treated to a close-up view of this adult male showing off his beautiful iridescent feathers as he moves his head from one side to the other. He has no idea how gorgeous his feathers look when he moves his head like this… If he only knew that thousands of people are fascinated with him from behind their computer screens.

Anna’s hummingbird is native to the west coast of North America. They are frequently seen in backyards and parks, and commonly found at feeders and flowering plants.

Anna’s is the only North American hummingbird species with a red crown, which can look dull brown or gray without direct sunlight. But within seconds of moving his head in the sun, which you’ll see below, those dull feathers flash to a bright magenta. According to Lab of Ornithology, “This color show is made possible by the way the feather microstructure reflects light differently as the viewing angle changes. During his spectacular aerial courtship displays, he advertises this red badge to female spectators by orienting toward the sun. This colorful element of surprise is key to his mating success.”

A recent study found that the Anna’s hummingbird can shake their bodies 55 times per second while in flight, which can shake off pollen or dirt from their feathers. This rate of shaking is the fastest of any vertebrate on earth!

How incredible is this dazzling bird? Let us know what you think, and please SHARE this beautiful video with your friends on Facebook!

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