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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.