Name of unusal bird at feeder

by Marika
(Colonie, NY, USA)

Jet black (a bit shiny) 3 or 4 inches (Hummingbird size) sleek and sturdy. Beautiful! It was enjoying the suet I buy for the Downey woodpeckers and Nuthatches. First I thought it was a bat; but it definitely is a bird with a long beak and munched away on the suet. What family does it belong to and is it a fledgling or adult?

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Jun 11, 2017
name of unusual bird at feeder
by: Brook

Hi Marika,

It certainly sounds like a hummingbird and there was a report on this site that someone had a hummer eating suet. It's not common but they do need protein and although their normal source of protein is in the form of insects and bugs I guess suet is much easier for a lazy bird.

I can't find a jet black hummingbird species on the east coast and it might not even be a hummer so I'm giving you the contact info for the NY City Audubon Society, they ask that, for general questions, you email them.

Happy birding :)

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