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Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus


"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." - Wikipedia


Cape Honeysuckle in the backyard.


These birds are very territorial and protect this area of the yard from even hawks. They swoop down and chase them away!

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CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank you OnengDyah

OnengDyah 7 years ago

nice picture...

CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank you Kpom! They sure are a joy to watch!

Kpom 7 years ago

Beautiful Cindy. I can't wait until they get a little further north. Any day now!

California, USA

Lat: 33.14, Long: -117.05

Spotted on Mar 6, 2012
Submitted on Mar 8, 2012

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