Ornithology 3 A&B Summary (Fall 2014)
If you miss a class, please check this page and study the listed topics in your field guide. Click here for last semester's calendar.
Note: Please park in the Hayes Street Parking lot. All spaces are available except disabled and drop off for the child care center. If the lot is full and you park in the Grove Street lot you will likely get a parking ticket unless you display the temporary parking passes which are available to all registered students. These passes must be stamped by the John Adams office which closes at 7:30pm!
Class notes by Elisabeth Koster are here. (Plumage and molt terminology here. )
Please register at eBird and email me your eBird ID. I can then offer to share field trip lists with you.
Click here for a summary
of bird name changes from the 55th AOU supplement.
Click here for a summary of bird name changes from the 54th AOU supplement.
My bird and wildlife photos from Australia are here.
Video of my lecture on the diversity and evolution of hummingbirds.
My Calliope Hummingbird photos from Arizona here
My Broad-tailed Hummingbird photo from Arizona. Click here for photos of a female Broad-tailed Hummingbird from Oklahoma.
A photo and discussion of a male Selasphorus thought to be Rufous is here.
Click here, here, and here for my photos of Allen's Hummingbirds. Additional photos of Allen's Hummingbirds are here & here.
Many Rufous Hummingbirds have green backs and are indistinguishable from Allen's Hummingbirds. Allen's is restricted to coastal California and is generally absent from Northern California after the end of August. Identification of either species outside normal season or range is not advised unless the bird is in hand.
Click here for my detailed account and photos of a
Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Nevada City, California. Click here
for my photos and analysis of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Bolinas. Click here,
and here for photos of more Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in California.
Black-chinned Hummingbird in Arizona here, here and here.
Photos originally thought to show a Blue-throated Hummingbird are here. The bird is actaully a Black-chinned Hummingbird. A detailed discussion of size illusian in birds is available here.
Click here for a controversial photo of an Anna's Hummingbird thought by some to be a Costa's.
My photos of Anna's Hummingbird are here, here, here and here.
Click here for a photo and discussion of a mystery hummingbird (probably Black-chinned). A photo and discussion of a mystery Calypte sp. (possibly Costa's) at Pinnacles is here.
Female Archilochus hummingbirds do not show the white supraloral stripe evident in female Calypte hummingbirds.
Female Ruby-throats have a shorter bill, greener crown and narrower outer primaries compared to female Black-chinned.
Female Costa's are grayer above, whiter below and longer-billed than female Anna's. Calypte is the only
hummingbird genus in which the birds habitually sing from a perch.