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Exotic Hummingbirds Will Be Coming to Missouri This Fall

September 25, 2000
By: Rodger Oakes
State Capital Bureau

Missourians will have a chance to view some exotic visitors in the next few months.

Rodger Oakes has more from Jefferson City.

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The droughts and fires of some western states have forced exotic hummingbirds to search for food. Jim Low of the Missouri Conservation Department says the nectar of Missouri flowers can quench these birds' thirsts. This will give Missourians a chance to see some species of hummingbirds not common to Missouri.

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OutCue: "to the average birdwatching Missourian."
Contents: Jim Low says that Humming birds as a species are without disadvantages, and to see some new and different species would be exciting for the average birdwatching Missourian.

Low says, bird feeders can be left out well into November without worry of hurting the humming birds. Most of the exotic birds have adapted to colder temperatures.

From Jefferson City, I'm Rodger Oakes.


Exotic visitors from the West will be invading Missouri in the next few months.

Rodger Oakes has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri bird watchers will have the chance to see many different types of hummingbirds this fall. Jim Low of the Missouri Conservation Department says these exotic birds have been forced to search for food.

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OutCue: "without places to be and nectar"
Contents: Jim Low says that the fires and droughts of the summer and fall out West have destroyed a lot of habitats and left these birds without places to be and nectar.

The birds migrate each year from Montana to Central America. This year many will be looking for food here in Missouri from now until November.


Missouri bird watchers can keep their eyes peeled for rare Western hummingbirds this year.

Rodger Oakes has more from Jefferson City.

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Exotic visitors from Montana will be flapping their wings into the state this year. Jim Low of the Missouri Conservation Department says, Missouri birdwatchers will get the chance to test their identification skills with these rare hummingbirds.

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OutCue: "leave it open to the humming bird page."
Contents: Jim Low says that the best thing Missourians can do is get their hands on a North American Bird guide and leave the book open to the hummingbird page.

Low says, several species of the migrant birds have lost much of their habitat due to Western fires and drought. That has forced the birds to search for new sources of nectar, including here in Missouri. The hummingbirds will stay in the state well into November.

From Jefferson City, I'm Rodger Oakes.