Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

~Arizona Bird Series-Magnificent Hummingbird

Madera Canyon – December 27, 2020

The Magnificent Hummingbird is a new one for me. Number 397.

The Magnificent Hummingbird is a large hummingbird named in regards to its dazzling plumage.The Magnificent Hummingbird\\ is the second-largest member of the hummingbird family found north of Mexico (behind only the Blue-Throated hummingbird). The adult male Magnificent hummingbird has a bronze tail, green and bronze upperparts, and a gray belly.

~Happy Birding~

~A red-eyed Beauty

 

~Phainopepla

So how in the heck do you pronounce the name of this red-eyed beauty? Ā  Ā  fey i no pep la

 

Notice the red eye.

The phainopepla or northern phainopepla is the most northerly representative of the mainly tropical Central American family Ptiliogonatidae, the silky flycatchers. Its name is from the Greek phain pepla meaning “shining robe” in reference to the male’s plumage.

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INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Phainopepla is particularly notable for its pattern of breeding twice each year, in two different habitats.

  • An individual eats at least 1,100 mistletoe berries per day, when they are available.

  • When pursued by predators or handled by humans, it mimics the calls of other birds; imitations of at least 13 species have been recorded.

The other day I was trying to take a photograph of this bird when an elderly man stopped and asked me “what kind of bird is that”. I told him it was a fey i no pep la and he said: “a what”.

It made me smile! Of course, I had to say to myself – fey i no pep la before I told him!

 

Enjoy the outdoors, enjoy nature, enjoy birding, and enjoy learning how to pronounce new words!