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Allen's Hummingbird

Selasphorus sasin


Very small, rufous colored hummingbird with green back and top of head. Mature adults reach only 3 to 3½ inches (75 to 90 mm) in length. The tail feathers are dark on the pointed tips. The gorget is bright orange if the light hits the feathers right. Below that is white. When they fly, there is a buzzing-sound that's different than other hummingbirds in this area.


Backyard feeding on Bird of Paradise plant

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This is the only one I've seen and was only around for a few weeks. I'm hoping it returns but the Anna's dominate our yard. Thank you for the comment!

KarenP 8 years ago

Love this series. I've seen many more Allen's Humming birds this year. Or I'm just paying much more attention. :) Great photos, Cindy.

Thank you Marvin, Karen and Gary!

KarenSaxton 8 years ago

We are in the tiny region where these jewels nest and I get tons of them, rufus and probably some hybrids at our house in the summer, in addition tot he Anna's that live here year 'round. Stunning shots! Ours are always a bit skitzy and I can never get good photos

MarvinButchayo 8 years ago

lovely... :)

Thank you Neil! Yes it was very small. I just added the length to the description :)
I may have hummingbirds in my backyard but you're lucky to have a Lorikeet and Frogmouth in yours!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Sensational series, Cindy. I'm really surprised that the hummingbird is so small, although I don't really know what I expected. Awesome shots! Would love to see these around my Bird of Paradise.

Thank you Ava :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Beautiful series.

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Nov 30, 2013
Submitted on Dec 1, 2013

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