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Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus


Small, short wings, bright rusty orange bodies with pale chests, bright red throats. Females show some green on their backs and tails.


Open areas, scrubby woodlands, meadows, pine forests. They spend winters in Mexico, and summers in the Pacific Northwest, almost to Alaska. They are found in California during spring.


These little birds are fierce. I think they spend more time chasing the Anna's and the black chinned hummingbirds away from the feeders than they spend feeding.

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LauraPound 11 years ago

Thank you Karen! I didn't know that. And thank you Tom! :)

Tom15 11 years ago

Great pictures!

KarenL 11 years ago

Fun fact! Rufous hummingbirds were used as “guinea pigs” in a 2005 Oregon State University study to determine the mechanics of hummingbird hovering. Using digital particle imaging velocimitry to capture the bird’s wing movements on film enabled the discovery that the hummingbird’s hovering is achieved due primarily to its wing’s downstroke, which accounts for 75% of its lift, rather than its upstroke.

LauraPound 11 years ago

Thank you Mayra, Alice, and Mona. :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 11 years ago


AliceGreenup 11 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous! As many beautiful birds as we have in Australia i'm very jealous that we have no Hummingbirds!

MayraSpringmann 11 years ago


LauraPound 11 years ago

Thank you all! Yes I do feel very lucky. This was the first one to show up this year, and I happened to have my camera. :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Great shots !

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

you are so lucky to see these. i have been waiting for these at the feeder. I saw a glimpse of this last year.

KrantiAzad 11 years ago

Nice one !.

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California, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on May 4, 2013

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