Male Giant Hummingbird

Giant-Hummingbird male

Common Name: Giant Hummingbird
Scientific Name: Patagona gigas
Exhibit: Butterfly Garden
Medium: Colored Pencil
Date finished: November 3, 2007
Observation: This is the male Giant Hummingbird. It is the largest Hummingbird species in the world, and when you see one in real life you can't help but be amazed at the actual size. The difference between the two genders is very minute. The male has a solid redder breast while the female's is a brown and a broken up a bit. But even the birdkeeper has trouble telling them apart when they are sitting right next to each other. The Giants can not fly quite like most other Hummingbirds due to their giant size, but they can still hover. When they land, the Giants tend to flap their wings a few more times before tucking them in. The one I drew had decided to land on top of a tree with large leaves. I watched it for a while and got the open beaked snapshot in my mind as I started sketching it. I also managed to get a pretty decent photo of the bird sitting there. That photo really came in handy since I was unable to finish it in one day. After that, both Hummingbirds (Male and female) were too far for me to get a good look at the colorations, so I used the photo as a guide. And I used it again for the leaf because by the time I got around to coloring it, the leaf had lost its strength and kinda wilted off to the side. I have yet to give any names to the five Hummingbirds in the Butterfly Garden.