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Anna's Hummingbird

Males of this species (Calypte anna) have shimmering red-pink throats and crowns and a mating song like a squeaky wheel.

Western Azalea

Rhododendron occidentale, or Western azalea, was grown widely as an ornamental soon after western explorers discovered it. 

Belted Kingfisher

Belted kingfishers (Ceryle alcyon) linger near waters with fish, perching repeatedly to get a clear view of their target.

Butterfly Mariposa Lily

This plant's sweet bulbs were a favorite of local Native American tribes, eaten raw or cooked.

Echo Azure Butterfly

The specimen in the diorama is a maleā€”its wings have more blue than females of the species do.

California Tortoiseshell Butterfly

When its wings are closed, the California tortoiseshell (Nymphalis californica) resembles a dead leaf.

California Sister Butterfly

The California sister (Adelpha californica) is a common West Coast butterfly that likes streams and springs.

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