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Mistress Hummingbird

The Beloved Forge Wine-Mom of World Anvil


Animal Family Scientific Name Native Range
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds) Calypte Anna (subsp. Iridyon) USA; North America
Population Status Size
One; Stable, mated Vulnerable Very Smol (5 ft 2)
 
The Calypte Anna is a medium-sized hummingbird native to the western portions of North America, with the largest concentrations found in California. The Iridyon subspecies in particular, however, is predominantly found Oklahoma in the Southern American States, and is significantly smaller than other members of its family; a recent discovery, it's theorized they've been around for much longer than we may currently know- and while most Hummingbird species are rapidly disappearing due to habitat loss, the Iridyon subspecies of Calypte Anna remains remarkably adaptable.

Habitat & Range

  Since the 1990s, the Calypte Anna (subsp. Iridyon) has maintained a migratory pattern stretching across the lower portions of the United States- moving from California into Arizona, then to Oklahoma, adapting well to suburban and rural areas alike.   From there it's expanded its range to include the states of Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Colorado, among many others. Found predominantly in rural towns within US Ecoregion 27 and US Ecoregion 29 in Oklahoma, however, it can be spotted in a wide variety of areas within its habitat range- including Gardens and City Parks. Large bodies of water are also favored.  

Migration Patterns

  Most Calypte Anna travel infrequently and impulsively- and the Iridyon subspecies is no different. It doesn't migrate like other members of its species, however... In fact, the opposite is quite true; the Iridyon subspecies exhibits unusual winter behavior compared to other members of its family.   The Iridyon travels more frequently between favored local sites during the early Spring and summer months (March through June)- occasionally wandering into Mountain and Forest regions in late Spring and early Summer before temperatures rise. During the winter months when most birds would leave for warmer areas, however, the Iridyon instead beds down in a routine location to wait out the season.  

Nesting Grounds

  The Iridyon subspecies of Calypte Anna begins nesting in early December- though it has been known to nest earlier in the year, such as in October or November, if the temperature is colder than average during these months; nesting sites are varied, but are usually located in the nooks and crannies of houses where it can be sheltered from the cold Winter winds; nests built by the Iridyon subspecies of Calypte Anna are usually a compact cup made of soft materials, built around themsleves while they sit in the center of their chosen nesting site.  

Personaly & Behavior

  By all accounts, the Iridyon subspecies of Calypte Anna is an easily excitable and vocal bird. No one's quite sure what excites it, though, as accounts rang from the bright colors of most flowers- to even the dullest and of grasses. It seams particularly interested in things one might consider "feminine", however.   It's also a social bird, thriving in diverse groups and forming relationships with birds of various types. But despite this highly social nature, the Iridyon subspecies has also been observed to be incredibly shy and skittish, and is easily scared. This has especially been observed during Severe Thunderstorms, or in social groups that appear to be too large- though once again, it's difficult to determine its preferred group size, as accounts appear to be situational; in high stress environments and situations, it's not uncommon for the bird to exhibit signs of anxiety such as a distress call, or an overly talkative contentment call.
It'sa Me!
Actual Name: Anna
Nickname: Humm, or Hummingbird   Personal Titles
  • Lovely Liminal Being
  • Cat Hearder
  • Tea Hoarder
  Actual Titles
  • Forge Mother
  • Wine Mom
  • Goddess of Formatting
  • Baked Good Limelight Thief
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