Reader Michael sent a short (2-minute) video clip showing a male Costa’s hummingbird (Calypte costae) courting a female; it’s from a PBS show called “Super Hummingbirds” that will be shown on October 12th. Don’t miss it.
This is a must-watch and, a Michael noted, the real fun begins 40 seconds in:
“Spring is the time to nest for the Costa’s hummingbirds, before the desert gets too hot. Both males and females are looking for a partner, but it’s up to him to impress her. Though his back shimmers with green, it’s not until we get her point of view that we see his true splendor. He flexes the iridescent feathers of his mantle until they become a glowing mask of violet”
I have to say that hummingbirds have lovely sexual displays, but this one, in which the male turns his face into a shiny purple octopus, takes the cake!
You can read more about the show, and watch another video, here.