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Allen's Hummingbird (female)

Selasphorus sasin


These hummingbirds look similar to the Rufous. Males have rust-colored rufous flanks, rump, and tail, but also have a green back and forehead. Females are similarly colored without a throat patch. Instead, they have a speckled throat. They are small, adults reach only 3 to 3.5 inches.


The Allen's Hummingbird is common only in the brushy woods, gardens, and meadows of coastal California from Santa Barbara north, and a minuscule portion of lower Oregon.


Spotted at Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, CA. This female hummingbird was possibly nesting in a tree with a male whose pic I'm also uploading. I'm uncertain about the i.d. of either, but I believe I've got it right now. I do live within the range of a third, non-migratory hybrid (with Anna's) Floresi's Hummingbird, "Selasphorus" floresii, but that female shows some throat patching. I am also too far south to be comfortably within the range of Rufous.

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catgrin 9 years ago

Thanks guys, I already knew it was a hummingbird (see above). I just don't know the species for sure. I'm further south than is common for Rufous and I'm well within range of Allen's which apparently looks like a Rufous, but has a green back. For now that's the i.d. I'm using.

Hema 9 years ago

these is a female humming bird. i am trying to Id it. unfortunately there is no rufous in it for me to say for sure that it is a rufous female.The other hummingbird was easy to ID.

2332j.g.williams 9 years ago


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Long Beach, California, USA

Spotted on Jul 17, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012

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