|Black-chinned hummingbirds (National Park Service)|
Is there anything more vicious than a hummingbird? They live in bird Valhalla — they would rather fight than eat.
Right now, our hummingbird feeders attract two species: broad-tailed and black-chinned. (And very rarely a calliope, but I am not considering them here.)
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This website collects references to hummingbirds in various American Indian mythologies (without sources or context), but I am going with the Aztecs: they are reincarnated warriors.
The black-chinned hummingbirds seem to have a slim advantage over the broad-tailed hummers in airborne bluff and intimidation, but the real nasties are the rufous hummingbirds, who show up mid-summer on their southbound migration. They are "the feistiest," according to Cornell University's All About Birds website.
They rule the skies for a couple of weeks and then, mercifully, are gone.