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Top 20 Smallest Texas Birds (Photos & ID Info!)

If you’re looking for help to identify small birds in Texas, this will be the best article you read today. In this post, you will find photos, identification info, bird calls and songs, and all the fun information you need.

Examples of small Texas birds include the house finch, lesser goldfinch, Northern parula, verdin, hooded warbler, ruby-throated hummingbird, black-chinned hummingbird, and many others.

Here’s the list of 20 of the smallest ones.

Small Texas Birds

Downy Woodpecker 

downy woodpecker
  • Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens
  • Lifespan: up to 11 years
  • Wingspan: 9.8-12.2 in
  • Length: 5.5-7.1 in
  • Weight: 0.7-1.16 oz
  • Range In Texas: Northern, Central, and Eastern Texas

Downy woodpeckers are the smallest species of woodpeckers in Texas. 

They have black upperparts and wings, white backs, throats, and bellies, and white spottings on the wings. They also have one white bar above and below the eyes; adult males have red patches on the back of their heads. 

Downy woodpeckers can be seen around backyard feeders, parks, and woodlots in Texas year-round. They breed in the state from March to late June.

Downy woodpeckers’ most common call is a short “pik.”

Source: Jonathon JongsmaCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

They have special feathers around their nostrils to save them from breathing in wood chips. 

Downy woodpeckers are omnivores that mostly feed on insects, beetle larvae, ants, and caterpillars, but also berries, acorns, and grains. 

Attract downy woodpeckers to your backyard by adding suet and black oil sunflower seeds to your feeder. 

Downy woodpeckers are monogamous and the pair will together prepare a nest in the tree. The female will then lay from 3 to 8 eggs.

Violet-green Swallow 

violet green swallow
  • Scientific Name: Tachycineta thalassina
  • Lifespan: 6 years
  • Wingspan: 10.6 in
  • Length: 4.7 in
  • Weight: 0.5 oz
  • Range In Texas: Western Texas

With a wingspan of 10.6 inches and a length of 4.7 in, violet-green swallows are the smallest swallow species in Texas.

They can be identified by long pointed wings, slightly forked tails, white faces in adult males, turquoise metallic green upperparts, and purple rumps in good light.

Violet-green swallows can be seen in Texas during summer in a number of habitats including deciduous and coniferous forests. They move to Mexico and Central America for winter.

When interacting with other swallows, violet-green swallows will emit “chee-chee” calls; during courtship displays, they will make “twitter” calls.

Source: Peter WiltonCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

These small North American birds with green heads will perform acrobatic stunts over lakes and streams high in the sky, in search of flying insects. Their diet consists of ants, beetles, flies, and spiders.

Violet-green swallows are secondary cavity nesters – they take advantage of abandoned cavities of other birds. 

They are social and can be found in large groups of 10 to 100, together with other swifts and swallows. 

The recorded top speed of violet-green sparrows is 28 mph –  as a comparison, the fastest bird of prey, the peregrine falcon, has an average speed of 25–35 mph.

House Finch 

house finch
  • Scientific Name: Haemorhous mexicanus
  • Lifespan: up to 11 years
  • Wingspan: 8-10 in
  • Length: 5-6 in 
  • Weight: 0.56-0.95 oz
  • Range In Texas: Throughout Texas

House finches are widespread small songbirds that have conical bills, short wings, and shallowly notched tails. 

Males can be identified by their streaky pink-red breasts, eyebrows, foreheads, and rumps, while females are brown above and streaked below; they have no red color. 

House finches can be seen year-round in Texas, they are permanent residents throughout the western half of the state.

The song of house finch males is a long, jumbled warbling that consists of short notes. Their call is a sharp “cheep.”

Source: Jonathon JongsmaCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Depending on the location, house finches have different “accents” while singing; their songs will have different lengths with more or fewer syllables. 

They are gregarious and loud birds; look for them around city parks, urban centers, residential backyards, farms, and forest edges in large flocks. 

They are omnivores and feed on seeds, buds, flower parts, berries, small fruits, and occasionally some small insects. During the non-breeding season, you might also see flocks of house finches around bird feeders. 

If you want to attract house finches to your backyard, make sure to add black oil sunflower seeds, millet, and milo. 

The pink-red color of the males comes from the berries and fruits in their diet – females prefer to mate with males that have the brightest faces. 

They breed in late winter and early spring and lay from 3 to 6 small, pale blue eggs with black flecks.

House finches are also one of several birds that live in the Northeastern USA.

House Sparrow 

house sparrow
  • Scientific Name: Passer domesticus
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years
  • Wingspan: 7.5-9.8 in
  • Length: 6.3 in
  • Weight: 0.85-1.39 oz
  • Range In Texas: Throughout Texas

House sparrows are small brightly colored birds with gray heads, white cheeks, black bibs, and reddish-brown necks. They have a wingspan under 10 inches and weigh on average 1.1 oz.

House sparrows were introduced to Texas and can now be seen there throughout the year, in all 254 counties of the state.

The song of house sparrows is a simple one and consists of a series of “cheep” or “chirrup” notes. When agitated, males will emit trilled “chur-chur-r-r-it-it” calls.

Source: Gypsypkd, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

These common backyard birds of Texas are also the most widely distributed wild birds in the world.

The oldest recorded captive house sparrow lived 23 years. They feed on grains and seeds, discarded food, and insects.

American Goldfinch 

american goldfinch
  • Scientific Name: Spinus tristis
  • Lifespan: 3-6 years
  • Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in
  • Length: 4.3-5.5 in
  • Weight: 0.39-0.71 oz
  • Range In Texas: Throughout Texas

American goldfinches are one of the tiniest finches found in Texas. These migratory birds have small heads, long wings, and short, notched tails. 

They were nicknamed “wild canary” because of their bright yellow plumage. 

Males are easy to spot by their stunning bumblebee pattern when nesting, orange beaks, black foreheads, and white bars over their black wings. During the winter months, males get an olive color while the females become dull yellow-brown.

American goldfinches can be seen in Texas during winter, from October to May, around open woodlands, backyards, and parks. They will move north to breed, ranging from mid-Alberta to North Carolina.

American goldfinches can be also identified by their winter calls that sound like “per chi cor ree.”

Source: G McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Male and female American goldfinches have a colorful carotenoid-based orange bill during the breeding season; the bill serves as an indicator of the overall health of the bird. The more saturated with orange a bill is, the higher the testosterone levels are in that specific bird. 

They are the state bird of New Jersey, Iowa, and Washington. 

American goldfinches are omnivores that mainly feed on seeds and occasionally on some insects.

These cute songbirds also love to visit bird feeders, so make sure to sunflower seeds and nyjer seeds to attract them.

Black-throated Green Warbler 

black-throated green warbler
  • Scientific Name: Setophaga virens
  • Lifespan: up to 6 years
  • Wingspan: 6.7-7.9 in
  • Length: 4.3-4.7 in
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz
  • Range In Texas: Southwestern Texas

Black-throated green warblers are small songbirds that breed in coniferous and mixed forests of Eastern USA and Canada. They are olive-green with yellow faces, and white underparts with black streaks on the flanks.

Males are different than females: they have black throats and upper chests while females have pale throats and black marks on their chests.

Black-throated green warblers can be seen during winter in Southeastern Texas. In spring, they are common in Eastern Texas as they migrate through the state toward Mexico and Central America. 

Black-throated green warblers can be also identified by their buzzed “zee-zee-zee-zooo-zeet” song and sharp “tsip” calls. 

Source: G. McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

When the breeding season comes, males become very vocal; scientists once recorded one individual that sang over 460 songs in an hour.

These active birds are omnivores that mainly feed on insects and some berries. 

Carolina Chickadee 

carolina chickadee
  • Scientific Name: Poecile carolinensis
  • Lifespan: up to 10 years
  • Wingspan: 6-8 in
  • Length: 4.5-5.1 in
  • Weight: 0.32-0.42 oz
  • Range In Texas: Eastern half of Texas

Carolina chickadees are small songbirds with distinctive black caps and bibs, dull white cheeks, gray backs, and white underparts. Their beaks are dark and short, their wings are short, and their tails are moderately long. 

Carolina chickadees are permanent residents of the eastern half of Texas and can be found in tree branches of mixed or deciduous woods hopping along in search of insects.

They look similar to black-capped chickadees – the main difference between the two species is the Carolina chickadees’ smaller size and the lower and fuller voice of black-capped chickadees. 

The song of Carolina chickadee consists of 4 notes that sound like “fee-bee-fee-bay” and the call they were named after, is a familiar “chick-a-dee-dee.”

Source: G. McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

When the weather gets very cold, Carolina chickadees might enter torpor – a state of sleep where they lower their body temperature, breathing rate, heart rate, and metabolic rate to survive the winter months.

During summer, they mainly consume insects; when the winter comes, they add in some seeds and berries. They might also store food for later use.

Attract Carolina chickadees to your backyard by adding black oil sunflower seeds, hulled sunflower seeds, shelled peanuts, suet, and peanut butter to your feeders.

Lesser Goldfinch 

lesser goldfinch
  • Scientific Name: Spinus psaltria
  • Lifespan: up to 6 years
  • Wingspan: 5.9-7.9 in
  • Length: 3.5-4.3 in
  • Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz
  • Range In Texas: South, Central, and Western Texas

Lesser goldfinches are the smallest true finches in Texas and entire North America. These songbirds are distinctly smaller than American goldfinches and have long, pointed wings, and short, notched tails.

Male lesser goldfinches are bright yellow below and green or black on their backs. They also have black crowns and white patches on their wings. Females are olive-green below, dull yellow under, and have black wings with two whitish wing bars.

Lesser goldfinches can be seen throughout the year in southern, central, and western parts of Texas. They breed in the state from March to July and are common in the open brushy country, open woods, wooded streams, and gardens

The song of lesser goldfinches consists of a series of melodious notes and trills; listen for their descending squeaky whistles and harsh “chig chig” calls emitted during flight.

Lesser goldfinches are social birds that might mix with other songbirds, especially around bird feeders, creating groups of several hundred individuals.

They are herbivores that feed on seeds and grains.

Brown-headed Nuthatch 

brown-headed nuthatch
  • Scientific Name: Sitta pusilla
  • Lifespan: up to 9 years
  • Wingspan: 6.3-7.1 in
  • Length: 3.5-4.3 in
  • Weight: 0.35-0.42 oz
  • Range In Texas: Eastern Texas

Brown-headed nuthatches are the smallest nuthatch species in Texas. They can be identified by their plumage which is gray above and white below, long beaks, short tails, white spots on the back of their heads, and brown caps. 

Brown-headed nuthatches can be seen throughout the year in Eastern Texas in habitats with pine forests. They breed in the state from March to July.

If heard or seen well, brown-headed nuthatches are almost unmistakable in nature. Look for charismatic birds that are climbing headfirst down tree trunks. 

You will also identify these small birds by their two-syllable songs that resemble toy rubber ducks being squeezed. Brown-headed nuthatches might also make softer “pit pit pit” calls when flying. 

Attract brown-headed nuthatches to your feeding station by adding sunflower seeds and suet cakes.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 

ruby crowned kinglet
  • Scientific Name: Regulus calendula
  • Lifespan: up to 5 years
  • Wingspan: 6.3-7.1 in
  • Length: 3.5-4.3 in
  • Weight: 0.2-0.4 oz
  • Range In Texas: Throughout Texas

Ruby-crowned kinglets are stunning green birds with an average weight of just 0.3 oz and a length of 3.9 in.

They are one of the smallest songbirds in Texas and can be identified by their olive-green colors and two white wing bars and white eye-rings. Males also have red crown patches, which are usually concealed. 

Ruby-crowned kinglets can be found across most of Texas in the winter. They arrive in the state around September and depart in May; they will move to breed in northern parts of Canada and the US.

Despite their miniature size, they make very loud and complex sounds. 

Ruby-crowned kinglets’ song lasts around 5 seconds and has three parts: high pitched “zee-zee” notes, low “turr” trills, and repeated “tee-da-leet” phrase. Their call is a harsh, fast, two-parted scold.

Source: G. McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

During winter they can be often spotted darting low in woods and thickets.

Ruby-crowned kinglets build cup-shaped nests and have the largest clutch of any North American passerine for its size. A female may lay up to 12 eggs and that entire clutch can weigh as much as the female herself. 

These birds are omnivores that mainly feed on insects, some fruits, and seeds.

Golden-crowned Kinglet 

Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Scientific Name: Regulus satrapa
  • Lifespan: around 5 years
  • Wingspan: 5.5-7.1 in
  • Length: 3.1-4.3 in 
  • Weight: 0.14-0.28 oz
  • Range In Texas: Throughout Texas

Golden-crowned kinglets are even smaller birds than ruby-crowned kinglets. They are similar in size but golden-crowned ones are almost two times lighter.

With a length of 3.1 to 4.3 in, they are one of the shortest North American passerines (songbirds).

These tiny birds are olive-gray above, white below, and have thin beaks and short tails. They also have white wing bars, black stripes over their eyes, and yellow crowns on top of their heads. Males also have orange parts in the middle of their yellow crowns.

Golden-crowned kinglets can be seen throughout Texas during winter; during that period, they are common in mixed flocks with other songbirds in different wooded habitats. 

They breed in coniferous forests of Canada, northeastern and western US, parts of Mexico, and Central America.

These birds are active foragers in trees and shrubs; their diet consists of insects, insect eggs, and spiders. They are noted for their remarkable ability to survive cold weather and temperatures as low as -40°F.

Golden-crowned kinglets’ song consists of a series of very high-pitched “tsee” notes.

Source: G. McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Look for them around small groups of pine, cedar, and cypress trees.

Northern Parula 

northern parula
  • Scientific Name: Setophaga americana
  • Lifespan: up to 6 years
  • Wingspan: 6.3-7.1 in
  • Length: 4.3-4.9 in
  • Weight: 0.18-0.39 oz
  • Range In Texas: Southeastern Texas

Northern parulas are one of the smallest migratory warblers. They have an average length of 4.6 in and can weigh as little as 0.18 oz, the same as two pennies.

Northern parulas have short tails and thin, pointy beaks. They are blue-gray above with olive-green backs, yellow underparts, broken white eye arcs, and yellowish beaks and feet. 

Northern parulas can be seen during summer in Southeastern Texas, around forests and suburbs of the state. They arrive in the state around March and start moving south in September/October.

These acrobatic songbirds have two different songs. One is a rising buzzy trill that ends on a sharp note while the second song has distinct pauses in between bouts of the trill. They also emit a sharp “chip” call. 

Source: G. McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Northern parulas are monogamous warblers with rare cases of polygamy. They are also omnivores that consume insects, spiders, and some berries.


  • Scientific Name: Auriparus flaviceps
  • Lifespan: up to 5 years
  • Wingspan: 6.5-7 in
  • Length: 4.5 in
  • Weight: 0.2 oz
  • Range In Texas: Western half of Texas

Verdins are tiny birds and the only members of the Remizidae family found in the USA. 

Their scientific name “flaciveps” comes from Latin and means “yellow capped.” 

With their 4.5 inches in length, verdins are one of the smallest songbirds in Texas, together with the American bushtit, and several other tiny birds. They are gray and have bright yellow heads and rufous shoulder patches.

Verdins are permanent residents of Texas and can be seen in shrubs and thorny thickets with few trees. They breed in the state from March to August. 

The most common calls of verdins are repetitive “tscheps” and rapid “chips.” 

These tiny birds are usually solitary but when the breeding season comes both partners will build the nest and take turns in incubating 3-6 light green eggs with dark spots. 

Verdins are omnivores and mainly feed on insects and larvae, but might also consume some fruits. You might be able to attract them to your backyard as they often visit feeders for nectar.

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Hooded Warbler 

female hooded warbler
  • Scientific Name: Setophaga citrina
  • Lifespan: 8 years
  • Wingspan: 6.9 in
  • Length: 5.1 in
  • Weight: 0.32-0.42 oz
  • Range In Texas: Western Texas

Hooded warblers are small birds that breed in eastern parts of the United States. They were named after the distinctive black hoods on their heads.

Male hooded warblers can be identified by their olive-green upperparts, yellow underparts, yellow foreheads, and yellow cheeks. Females are similarly olive-green above and yellow below; they only have the shape of the black hoods found in males.

Hooded warblers can be seen during summer in the western parts of Texas. They will begin migrating out of the state around fall to spend winter in Central America.

The song of hooded warblers consists of a series of musical notes that resemble “wheeta wheeta whee-tee-oh.” They will also emit loud “chip” or “chink” calls.

Source: G. McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Hooded warblers are insectivores that forage in low vegetation. They feed on caterpillars, moths, grasshoppers, beetles, flies, and small spiders. They might catch their prey by “hawking,” snatching them mid-flight.

Brown-headed cowbirds, parasitic small black birds, might occasionally lay eggs in the warblers’ nests for them to raise their young. This behavior is known as brood parasitism.

Wilson’s Warbler 

wilson's warbler
  • Scientific Name: Cardellina pusilla
  • Lifespan: 6 years
  • Wingspan: 5.5-6.7 in 
  • Length: 3.9-4.7 in
  • Weight: 0.18-0.35 oz 
  • Range In Texas: Southern Texas

Wilson’s warblers are small wood-warblers with rounded wings and long slim tails. They are greenish above and yellow below; males also have small black caps on their heads. 

Wilson’s warblers can be seen during winter in South Texas, in habitats with scattered forests and riparian shrublands. They breed in Canada and southern parts of the western United States.

The song of Wilson’s warblers consists of a chattering series of loud descending notes, while their call is a flat “chuff“. 

Source: Jonathon JongsmaCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

These birds are named after American ornithologist Alexander Wilson. 

Wilson’s warblers are insectivores that mainly consume insects, including beetles, bees, or caterpillars.

Just like hooded warblers, Wilson’s warblers are frequent hosts for brown-headed cowbirds.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

blue gray gnatcatcher
  • Scientific NamePolioptila caerulea
  • Lifespan: 3-4 years
  • Wingspan: 6.3 in
  • Length: 3.9-5.1 in
  • Weight: 0.18-0.25 oz
  • Range In Texas: Throughout most of Texas

When the breeding season comes, male blue-gray gnatcatchers will develop dark, V-shaped “eyebrow markings” that make them look like they are constantly annoyed. 

Males are easy to identify by the pale blue-gray heads and upperparts and white underparts. Females are less blue, while juveniles are greenish-gray. If you look closer, you will notice a white ring around the eyes.

Blue-gray gnatcatchers can be found around open woods, oaks, pines, thickets, and urban areas in most of Texas. Most of them will only stay during the breeding season in the state; those gnatcatchers in coastal parts of Texas can be seen year-round.

Listen for their “szpree zpree spreeeeey spree spre sprzrreeeee” songs and high-pitched, nasal calls that sound like “zkreee, zkreee, zkreee.”

Source: G. McGrane, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Native to North America, these very small songbirds are the most common of the four species of gnatcatchers on the continent.

Blue-gray gnatcatchers are monogamous and stay with their partners for life. Males can be particularly aggressive and will chase larger birds away from feeding areas or their nesting territory. 

They nest in trees and both partners participate in construction. Blue-gray gnatcatchers will use grass, weeds, plant fibers, and strips of bark as the basic material and spider web to bind it all together.

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American Bushtit 

american bushtit
Source: ALAN SCHMIERER from near Patagonia, AZ, USA, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Scientific Name: Psaltriparus minimus
  • Lifespan: 7-8 years
  • Wingspan: 6 in
  • Length: 4.3 in
  • Weight: 0.18-0.21 oz
  • Range In Texas: Central and West Texas

With a length of just 4.3 in and a weight of around 0.19 oz, American bushtits are one of the smallest Texas birds.

You will identify these kinglet-sized birds by their gray-brown color, rather large heads, short necks, long tails, and short beaks. Eyes are dark in males and yellow in females.

Out of 10 subspecies, the one found in Texas, P. m. melanotis, has a dark ear patch (the auricular).

American bushtits are permanent residents of Texas and can be seen in central and western parts of the state. They breed there from March to July.

American bushtits do not migrate and are common around brushy or forested habitats, and parks and gardens.

These tiny Texas birds do not have a song but will use a number of short, high, wispy contact calls or chip notes.

Source: Jonathon JongsmaCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Very active and gregarious, American bushtits forage in large flocks of up to 40 with other birds like warblers and chickadees, darting through vegetation. They are carnivores and feed on insects and spiders.

American bushtits are monogamous and both partners will build the nest and take turns incubating the eggs.

Attract them to your backyard by adding juniper, oak, and seed-bearing flowers to the landscape.

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Black-chinned Hummingbird 

black chinned hummingbird
  • Scientific Name: Archilochus alexandri 
  • Lifespan: up to 10 years
  • Wingspan: 4.3 in
  • Length: 3.5 in
  • Weight: 0.1-0.2 oz
  • Range In Texas: Central and Western Texas

Black-chinned hummingbirds have metallic green upperparts, white underparts, long slender beaks, and dark forked tails. Males have black faces and chins and glossy purple throat bands; females have no throat patches.

Black-chinned hummingbirds are common in the central and western parts of Texas, from spring to fall. The best time to see them in the state is between March and October. 

Black-chinned hummingbirds are common in habitats that include mountains, woodlands, orchards, and meadows. 

When the cold weather comes, they will migrate south, to the west coasts of Mexico. During that period, these beautiful birds may consume almost three times their body weight in nectar per day. 

Black-chinned hummingbirds are omnivores that feed on insects and nectar. 

Outside the breeding season, they are mostly solitary birds, but as part of their courting rituals, males will make broad U-shaped dives 60-100 feet past a perched female.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird 

ruby-throated hummingbird
  • Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years
  • Wingspan: 3.1-4.3 in
  • Length: 2.8-3.6 in
  • Weight: 0.07-0.2 oz
  • Range In Texas: Central and Southwestern Texas

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the smallest birds in Texas.

They can have a wingspan as little as 3.1 inches and weigh as little as 0.07 oz which is less than a penny!

Males have metallic emerald green upperparts, grayish-white underparts, black wings, and a gorget (throat patch) of iridescent ruby red. Their tails are forked. 

Females are larger than males, have slightly shorter beaks, and have white throats. 

Ruby-throated hummingbirds can be seen in Central and Southwestern Texas during summer. First to arrive will be males, one or two weeks before the females, from late February to mid-March. They remain in the state until September before moving south to winter.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds move very quickly, around 25 mph, and will beat their wing over 50 times per second.

They only have about 940 feathers on average which is the smallest number in any bird.

These birds are mostly solitary, except during the breeding season which lasts a few days.

To attract these hummingbirds with red necks to your backyard, you can set up hummingbird feeders or plant tubular flowers. They are quite bold and might even feed at hanging plants and feeders on your porch or next to your windows!

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Calliope Hummingbird 

callipe hummingbird
  • Scientific Name: Selasphorus calliope
  • Lifespan: up to 8 years
  • Wingspan: 4.3 in 
  • Length: 2.8-3.5 in
  • Weight: 0.07-0.1 oz
  • Range In Texas: Western Texas

Calliope hummingbirds are the smallest migrant birds passing through Texas; they neither breed nor winter in the state. 

Calliope hummingbirds measure 2.8–3.9 inches in length, span 4.3 in across the wings, and weigh as little as 0.071 oz.

They have glossy green upperparts and white underparts. Males have green sides, dark tails, and wine-red streaks on their gorgets (throats). Females have black tail bands that are tipped with white.

Calliope hummingbirds can be seen migrating through Eastern Texas, in El Paso and Big Bend National Park, from August to September. They breed in the western USA and winter in Mexico.

They are considered to be the world’s smallest migrators that cross over 5,000 miles from Northwestern mountains to Mexico and back.

Calliope hummingbirds got named after the Greek muse Calliope, the muse of eloquence and epic poetry.

These tiny birds are omnivores that mainly feed on nectar, but might catch some insects and spiders.

Calliope hummingbirds might be small but when the breeding season comes, these colorful birds become ferocious when it comes to their territory; they will chase birds as big as red-tailed hawks.

Males will breed with several females and take no part in raising the young.

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This concludes our list of small birds in Texas.

Examples of small Texas birds include finches, nuthatches, kinglets, warblers, hummingbirds, and many others.

Next time you see any of these birds in person, you should be able to recognize them with ease! 

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