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When people think about states that are visited by hummingbirds, I doubt if
Alaska is one of these states. While Alaska may not be a state that is
readily known for its huge population of hummingbirds, there are four
species who do visit this great state. These species are Anna's, Rufous,
Costa's and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

The Anna's Hummingbird is identifiable by the colors and markings of its
feathers, especially on the male of the species. The male Anna's
Hummingbird generally weighs about 4.31g and is identifiable by its breast,
which is gray in color, its throat and crown that are both a dark red color
and its back, which is metallic green. Immature males often resemble
females until they are mature. The female Anna's Hummingbird is
identifiable by the color of its breast, which is a lighter gray color than
the male's, a back that is duller green than the male's metallic green and
a throat that is white with red spots. The female also has white tips on
its outer tail feathers. Immature male Anna's Hummingbirds closely resemble
the female of the species until it matures. One other identifiable factor
concerning the Anna's Hummingbird is its song; this species is one of the
few that have one.

The Rufous Hummingbird, possibly the most common hummingbird in the United
States, is smaller than the Anna's Hummingbird, with the male weighing
around 3.22g and the female weighing slightly more, around 3.41g. The male
of this species is identifiable by the non-iridescent rufous


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