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.


September 30, 2014
We plan to complete and review the kingfishers on page 310.

Belted Kingfisher photos here, here and here
Ringed Kingfisher in belize.
Green Kingfisher in Belize and Texas. Panama here, here and here.
Amazon Kingfisher in Panama.


September 23, 2014
We completed and reviewed the hummingbirds on page 308.

My Calliope Hummingbird photos from Arizona here and 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.


September 16, 2014
We completed the hummingbirds on page 306.

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, here, here, here, 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.


September 9, 2014
We completed and reviewed the hummingbirds on pages 300-304.

Click here and here for my photos of Green Violetear (note change in spelling) in Costa Rica. Terrible photo of a Green Violetear in California is here.
My photos of Green-breasted Mango from Costa Rica are here and here.
Click here for my account and photos of a male Broad-billed Hummingbird in Sonoma, here for my notes on a Broad-billed Hummingbird in Goleta, and here for a photo of a Broad-billed Hummingbird at Weldon, California. Additional California Broad-billed Hummingbirds are here, here and here. Arizona photo and notes here.
Click here for a photo of Violet-crowned Hummingbird in Humboldt County. My photo and notes of a Violet-crowned Hummingbird in Arizona are here.
Bird thought to be female Blue-throated Hummingbird here. What do you think it is?
Click here for details and photo of California's first Magnificent Hummingbird and here for photos of a Magnificent Hummingbird in Eureka, California. My photos of male and female Magnificent Hummingbird in Costa Rica are here and here. Arizona photo here.
Click here or here for my photo of a Plain-capped Starthroat at Ash Canyon, Arizona 20 July 2003.