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Anna's Hummingbird Tail Sonation

By MissNysha
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For CSUMB's Science Illustration Graduate Program: form and function assignment.

Also for BioIllustration's :iconbioillustration: contest: 1. Create an illustration in the scientific style highlighting an organism's unique or unusual characteristic.

Here I demonstrate the male Anna's Hummingbird spreading his tail at the bottom of his display dive to produce his signature "chirp" sound, which was originally thought to be vocal!

See supplemental videos of it here: [link] and [link]

Created in photoshop with the pen (vector) and brush tools, based on my own sketches. Made a clay model of the bird to help with the angle too!

Art copyright me. For my portfolio display only; please do not use without my permission.
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ashigaru's avatar
Wow. Great art, and I learned something new! I always thought that it was a vocalization!
commonnighthawk's avatar
Cool an excellent description of Anna's tail sonation. I have only heard this twice. It is amazing how loud the chirp that produce.
Have you seen the video on youtube showing it in live action?
MissNysha's avatar
Thanks! Yes, it's very cool to see the videos of it in slow motion! :D I get Anna's hummingbirds doing this in my yard near the feeder I have up for them too. Most of the time you can hear the loud chirp before you see them. The Allen's hummingbird does a similar, but different sounding dive noise.
Art3mis-X's avatar
Cool fact, and nice illustration of the concept
meihua's avatar
Awesome illustration, I didn't know that :D
JRigh's avatar
Fascinating! Singing with their tails takes on a whole new meaning. lol :love:
MissNysha's avatar
:D Glad you enjoyed it!
explodingheads's avatar
I remember when PBS did a study on this.
Well done!
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Banvivirie's avatar
Really cool - would you like to submit this to Bioillustration's contest, as it fits one of the prompts? :meow:
MissNysha's avatar
Oh cool! Sure! Thanks for notifying me. :D
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