Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna
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General Comments This would seem to be one of the more unlikely birds on the state list, but Anna's Hummingbirds, like most Western hummingbirds, are migratory -- at least to some extent. There are three state records: an immature male that spent the winter at a feeder in Charlotte from 29 Nov 1998 - 4 Mar 1999* [Chat 70:41-43 link]; an adult male in New Bern (Craven) 17 Jan - 11 Feb 2011* [Chat 75:72 link], returning there for its second stay in Nov 2011 [Chat 76:3 link], [Chat 76:30-31 link] to 17 Jan 2012 [Chat 76:60 link]; and an adult male at a feeder in Buxton (Dare), 15 Jan - 15 Mar 2017* [Chat 81:44-45 link], [Chat 82:74 link]. Each bird stayed long enough for dozens, if not hundreds, of birders to see and photograph them, as well as being briefly captured for banding.

A captured and banded hummingbird in Concord (Cabarrus) on 7 Feb 2023 was determined to be a hybrid Anna's x Allen's Hummingbird, a very rare such hybrid report. The bird was present from mid-Dec 2022 to 14 Feb 2023, and is the first confirmed hybrid hummingbird of any combination for the state [Chat 87:34-35 link].

Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Definitive
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain Two records (see above).
Piedmont One record (see above).
Mountains No records.
Finding Tips
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Attribution LeGrand[2023-05-17], LeGrand[2018-06-09], LeGrand[2018-04-05]
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