Hummingbirds are quite common in Kansas and have become a popular attraction in the state, as we all know bird-watching is one of the amazing delights of nature which can be enjoyed for free. Kansas hummingbirds are very exciting, active and portray a variety of social interactions, which various groups of people including bird-watchers and naturalists find quite interesting. These colorful birds enthrall many people by their beauty and their remarkable ability to hover in one place simply by flapping their wings.
The most common species of hummingbirds found in the state of Kansas is the ruby-throated hummingbird, native to Acapulco. It nests in the woodland parks as well as along streams and is mostly found in the eastern half of the state, although the migration path leads all the way to Acapulco. There are many other species of hummingbirds found in the sunflower state as you will see later on. However, they are usually quite rare and can only be seen during the migration season which begins in mid April and ends in late October.
Other Varieties Of Kansas Hummingbirds
1) Rufous Hummingbird
Popularly known as “feisty,” the Rufous posses the ideal size-to-weight ratio among Kansas hummingbirds. Weighing less than 3.5 g, it is about 8 cm long with a long, straight and slender beak. This magnificent bird is certainly more fascinating than all other species. It is known for its remarkable flight skills, with an incredible capability to cover beyond 2,000 miles during migration. You can easily attract it to your garden by planting a feeder that is filled with a blend of mostly grains.
2) Black-Chinned Hummingbird
The black-chinned hummingbird is another rare species of hummingbirds that can be spotted in many parts of Kansas. It is very adaptable, occupying an extensive range of habitats from pristine natural areas to urban areas to recently disturbed habitats. However, you will only have the bird as your guest for a short period as it rarely remains longer than a day at a feeder even when food is scarce. Just like its cousins, it weighs less than 3.5 g; it is migratory and tends to spend most of its winter in Mexico.
3) Allen’s Hummingbird
Allen’s hummingbird is a rare species of hummingbird that you can encounter in the state of Kansas by chance during the birds’ migration season. The bird is very tiny and one of the most difficult-to-see Kansas hummingbirds. In fact a mature adult reaches not more than 3.5 inches long. The male has a green forehead and back, with reddish-brown sides, rear, and tail. His throat is also an iridescent orange-red. The female and young Allen’s hummingbirds are similarly colored, only that they have a series of speckles on their throats instead of the iridescent throat patch. Breeding male and female Allen’s Hummingbirds have different habitat preferences. The former sets up a territory overlooking open areas of coastal scrub vegetation, where he tends to perch on exposed leafless branches in a way that attracts attention of females. The former builds its nest in sites within more densely vegetated areas as well as forests.
4) Calliope Hummingbird
Weighing not more than 2.83 g, the calliope hummingbird is one of the smallest hummingbirds native to Kansas and some bordering states. This colorful and fascinating hummingbird species normally sets up a habitat in hilly or mountains areas, and although it often forages within 5 feet off the ground, it has been seen as high as 11,000 feet. The Calliope hummingbird establishes its home over creeks, often repairing the previous year’s nest or constructing a new one on top of the old one. Unlike other humming bird species, it might not be easy to attract the bird to your garden so you can get a closer look at it.
Kansas hummingbirds offer one of the greatest bird watching experiences. They come in a wide range of magnificent colors. Interestingly, these birds posses an extraordinary ability to hover in mid-air as they feed from the hummingbird feeders placed in your backyard or nectar of flowers. Even if you do not have a yard, you can be feeding them using window hummingbird feeders which have been specifically designed for that purpose.
Do not use pesticides around hummingbird plants; otherwise the chemicals may contaminate the garden and thereby killing the birds. Also, do not kill garden pests as this will get rid of the small insects hummingbirds depend on for nourishment.