Sunday, January 19, 2014


Chuparosa is a colloquial term for hummingbird. It is also the common name for this plant. So is this post about a hummingbird or a plant? You decide.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

What we have here is a young male Costa’s Hummingbird hovering by a hummingbird bush. This low bushy plant grows in dry, hot regions in sand or in rocky desert soils. For a short time it bears succulent leaves. It loses its leaves and the produces tubular flowers.

On a quirky side topic, as I was looking into this plant I had a little attention stuck on “Chuparosa” and how this got entangled with hummingbird. It makes total sense that this would be called Chuparosa, but what does Chuparosa mean? It stumped my Spanish translator. Okay. I can accept that…but like sod behind a tractor pulling a plow, it kept turning over in my mine.

“Chuparosa”. “Chupa…rosa”. “Ah! Like Chupacabra! The goat sucking beast! Chupa translates to “it sucks”, meaning it generates a low pressure in its mouth drawing in fluids, not a an expression of dissatisfaction with its character. Rosa means pink and it also means rose.

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Dave said...

Lovely post Steve, too much of a posing question, I will just admire the image.

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful - both the hummingbird and the plant!!

DeniseinVA said...

I'm glad you found out the meaning of this name Steve, and your photo is absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for sharing again with Today's Flowers, and have a great week :)

Kay said...

Fantastic shot.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Both are beautiful!

kissed by an angel said...

This is such a beautiful photo of the two wonderful beings!!! I like it very much!
Thank you for the informations! Today I learned something new!

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