Hummingbird Health, Diseases, and Conservation

Conservation Genetics
Population Health Status and Diseases
Identifying threats to hummingbird populations

For California Hummingbird Health Program:
Dr. Lisa Tell

For Rocky Mountain / Wyoming Hummingbird Health Program: Dr. Holly Ernest and

Featured Research

Researchers: Holly Ernest, Loreto Godoy, and Lisa TellRufous Hummingbird

Collaborators: Rita Colwell, Barbara Robinson, Cathy Koehler, Paul Aigner, McLaughlin UC Natural Reserve, Susan Wethington, and members of Hummingbird Monitoring Network, Nancy Anderson and Anneke Moresco Lindsay Wildlife Museum Veterinary Hospital, UC Davis Wildlife Museum, and many more..

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Did you know.....

....that hummingbirds can fly
upside-down and backward?

....Hummingbird names in Spanish?
Picaflores (beak flower)
Chuparosa (flower sucker; also name of bush visited by hummingbirds)
Pinda or Pindal from the mapudungun (chilean dialect of Mapuche people)

Huitzilopochtli was the Aztecs and Mexica’s mythological hummingbird god.
And here's some real trivia - the tiny mite (size of pin point) that lives on hummingbird feathers is named after the mythical hummingbird god: Proctophyllodes huitzilopachtilii

Hummingbird Feather Mite

Feather mite microscope photo from a California Anna's hummingbird
Photo © Robin Houston and Holly Ernest UC Davis

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Anna's Hummingbird


Top Hummingbird photo credit: © Hector Brandan
Bottom Hummingbird photo credit: © Tom Greer