Until 1492 only the native peoples of the Americas ever had the joy of watching these tiny, long-beaked jewels of dazzling color fly as they darted from flower to flower sipping nectar. These amazing colorful birds with iridescent feathers constitute the family of Trochilidae. Hummingbird art images by Spadecaller capture the beauty and magic of the incredible hummingbird.
This hummingbird art image by Spadecaller features the violet sabrewing hummingbird, which is a very large hummingbird native to southern Mexico and Central America. It resides in the understory and edges of mountain forests most often near streams. The male violet sabrewing is 5.9 inches long and weighs 11.5 g (0.41 oz) with the female being slightly smaller. It is the largest hummingbird found outside of South America and the largest sabrewing. This species thrives on the nectar taken mainly from flowers below the main canopy of the forest favoriting the heliconias and banana blossoms.
The flower blossoms depicted in this image are Mexican petunias, which is not a real petunia; the accepted botanical name is Ruellia brittoniana. High resolution hummingbird art images create beautiful museum quality prints and canvases of various dimensions.
Sparkling Violetears are the most widely distributed hummingbird species of the Andes inhabiting Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela. The Sparkling Violetear Hummingbird primarily feeds on nectar taken from a variety of brightly colored, scented flowers of trees, herbs, shrubs and epiphytes. Unlike other violetear hummingbird species, they inhabit the forest edge and open areas with scattered shrubs. It adapts well to non-native flowering trees such as Eucalyptus. Sparkling Violetears are energetic songsters and are known to sing for long periods of time.
Also featured in this image is a pink trumpet vine (Podranea ricasoliana), which is a member of the Bignoniaceae family - native to tropical regions particularly in South America. This digital artwork includes modified digital elements derived from Tropical Scenery by Frederic Edwin Church (1873). Spadecaller's High resolution hummingbird art images create beautiful museum quality prints and canvases of various dimensions.
Allen's hummingbird is a small bird often difficult to distinguish from rufous hummingbirds. Mature adults are only 3 to 3.5 in (76 to 89 mm) in length. Immature Allen's hummingbirds are nearly identical to the female rufous hummingbird. Their breeding location runs along a narrow strip of coastal California and southern Oregon. Like all hummingbirds, the Allen’s Hummingbird has a high metabolic rate and must feed frequently. In addition to sipping nectar from flowers, they love catching flying insects, and plucking them out from leaves.
The estimated global breeding population is 1.7 million, all of which breed in the U.S., with 96% wintering in Mexico. The continued survival of the species is problematic. Between 1970 and 2014 their populations have declined by 83%. If current rates of decline continue, Allen’s Hummingbirds will lose another half of their remaining population within the next 17 years. Allen's Hummingbirds may not be as adapted to urban environments as other species of hummingbirds and their coastal habitats continue to be under intense development pressure. However, hummingbird feeders, eucalyptus, and other nonnative plants may provide additional nectar resources that could partially offset these problems.
The cactus blossoms depicted in this image are from the Peruvian apple cactus (Cereus repandus), which is a large, erect, thorny columnar cactus found in South America. It is also known as giant club cactus, hedge cactus, cadushi, and kayush. High resolution hummingbird art images of this picture create beautiful museum quality prints and canvases of various dimensions.
The Rufous hummingbird is a typical-sized hummingbird. It weighs 2–5 g, measures 7–9 cm (2.8–3.5 in) long and spans 11 cm (4.3 in) across the wings. Females and the rare green-backed males are extremely difficult to differentiate from the Allen's hummingbird.
These birds are known for their extraordinary flight skills, flying 2,000 mi during their migratory transits. Rufous Hummingbirds breed in open areas, backyards, parks, and near the edge of forests. During migration they pass through mountain meadows as high as 12,600 feet where nectar-rich, tubular flowers bloom. Winter habitat in Mexico includes shrubby clearings and oak-pine forests at middle to high elevation. The Rufous Hummingbird is a western hummingbird, though some stray into eastern North America. In the United States, winter migrations bring many of them to the warmer climates in the southeast, like Florida and other areas on the Gulf Coast.
Featured in this Hummingbird art image is a pink hibiscus flower. The Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family. They are famous for their colossal flowers that come in several colors and patterns. Hibiscus are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. High resolution hummingbird art images create beautiful museum quality prints and canvases of various dimensions.
With a flash of red and green, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird mysteriously appears. The ruby throated hummingbird is eastern North America’s only breeding hummingbird. These brilliant, precision-flying creatures glisten like fine jewels in the sun. In a blur they vanish on their journey to the next blossom. By early Autumn they’re bound for Central America, with many crossing the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight. Its favorite habitats are woodlands, orchards, and gardens.
Also featured in this Hummingbird art image is a flowering succulent (Adenium obesum), more commonly known as a desert rose. It is an evergreen or drought-deciduous shrub in the dogbane family. High resolution hummingbird art images create beautiful museum quality prints and canvases of various dimensions.
The spectacular Red-billed Streamertail Hummingbird (also known as the longtail hummingbird) is only found on the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean, where they are quite common along the coast and in the mountains. They are also known as the Doctorbirds, God Birds, Scissor Tails, or Western Streamertails. These hummingbirds are most abundant in closed forests. However, they also visit plantations, parks and gardens, where there are suitable feeding flowers.
Also featured in this hummingbird art image is the pink hibiscus flower. The Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family well known for their huge flowers of varied colors and patterns. High resolution hummingbird art images of this picture create beautiful museum quality prints and canvases of various dimensions.