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rufous hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus

Description:

The Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) is a small hummingbird, about 8 cm long (3 inches) with a long, straight and very slender bill. The female is slightly larger than the male. The adult male, has a white breast, rufous face, upperparts, flanks and tail and an iridescent orange-red throat patch (gorget). Some males have some green on back and/or crown. The female has green upperparts with some white, some iridescent orange feathers in the center of the throat, and a dark tail with white tips and rufous base. Females and the rare green-backed males are extremely difficult to differentiate from Allen's Hummingbird. This is a typical-sized hummingbird, being a very small bird. It weighs 2–5 g (0.071–0.18 oz), measures 7–9 cm (2.8–3.5 in) long and spans 11 cm (4.3 in) across the wings. They feed on nectar from flowers using a long extendible tongue or catch insects on the wing. These birds require frequent feeding while active during the day and become torpid at night to conserve energy. Because of their small size, they are vulnerable to insect-eating birds and animals

Notes:

Their breeding habitat is open areas and forest edges in western North America from southern Alaska to California. This bird nests further north than any other hummingbird. The female builds a nest in a protected location in a shrub or conifer. The male aggressively defends feeding locations within his territory. The same male may mate with several females

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34 Comments (1–25)

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks MSB86

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks braulio

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks tibiprada

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

nice capture !

It looks like an angel!

And 2012 Best Wildlife Photo!
Maybe you could win a SOTD!

Awesome!
U should put it on the mission: Global flight!

msb86
msb86 9 years ago

Awesome!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks Kranti

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks Carol

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Fantastic! Great job!

KrantiAzad
KrantiAzad 9 years ago

very nice great.........series

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

Hi Yuko,
yes indeed I did some shootings at Brazos Bend...great place to go...hope you get to go again when you are down this way. We do have have quite a few refuge areas for bird shootings.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

You're welcome Susan!
I was looking at your other spottings and am wondering if you shot some of your spottings at the Brazos Bend SP. I visited there this spring from Seattle and I really loved it there! Quite different from Pacific NW. :-)

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks Yuko!!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 9 years ago

I love this series! What an exciting capture!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks Amar

Amar Nayak
Amar Nayak 9 years ago

BRILLIANT

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks harsuame

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks Joshua

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

very nice.

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Fantastico gran disparo

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

thanks Mayra

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Lovely!

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 9 years ago

Thanks Ashish

SusanEllison
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SusanEllison

Texas, USA

Spotted on Aug 31, 2012
Submitted on Oct 31, 2012

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