Description Allen's hummingbird is a small bird often difficult to distinguish from rufous hummingbirds. Mature adults are only 3 to 3.5 in (76 to 89 mm) in length. Immature Allen's hummingbirds are nearly identical to the female rufous hummingbird. Their breeding location runs along a narrow strip of coastal California and southern Oregon. Like all hummingbirds, the Allens Hummingbird has a high metabolic rate and must feed frequently. In addition to sipping nectar from flowers, they love catching flying insects and plucking them out from leaves. Allen's hummingbird's estimated global breeding population is 1.7 million, all of which breed in California and Oregon, with 96% wintering in Mexico. The continued survival of the species is problematic. Between 1970 and 2014 their populations have declined by 83%. If current rates of decline continue, Allens Hummingbirds will lose another half of their remaining population within the next 17 years. Allen's Hummingbirds may not be as adapted to urban environments as other species of hummingbirds and their coastal habitats continue to be under intense pressure from habitat loss due to land development. However, hummingbird feeders, eucalyptus, and other nonnative plants may provide additional nectar resources that could partially offset these problems. Allens Hummingbird and Cactus Flowers, is a digital painting and photo composite derived from original sources.
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About the Artist: Spadecaller (Matt Schwartz) is the pseudonym he uses for his visual art, writing, poetry, and video creations; initially, the name came about by his direct approach on subjects that focus on humanitarian issues that impact our world today. He's known to call a spade a spade.
In the late 1950’s, Spadecaller’s formal training in traditional oil painting techniques commenced. He was eight years old, when he started private painting lessons. Through considerable personal sacrifice, his mother, who has since passed away, nurtured his artistic talents and provided him with many of the tools and circumstances to launch his creative journey. Memories of art exhibitions in New York City that his mother introduced him to continue to motivate his quest for excellence. Spadecaller attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71), and during the 70's up until the late 80's, he exhibited acrylic and oils in Montreal and New York. As a realist painter, he strives to capture the beauty of nature and the soul of humankind. Due to the onset of chronic illness in the late nineties and with the advent of image editing software, he turned to creating digital hand painted images, mixed media and photographic art - fusing these into an art form worthy of the same gratification that he had once found in oils.
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