Rufous Hummingbird Photo Gallery
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What does the Rufous Hummingbird look like?
Rufous Hummingbirds are small woodland-field birds. They have tapered tails and long straight black bills that have a slight downward curve. Adult males have shimmering reddish gold throats, rufous faces, sides, napes and backs with green foreheads and white patches behind their eyes. Females and juveniles have dull rufous sides, white breasts, green backs and reddish rumps and tails.
Rufous Hummingbird Habitat
Rufous Hummingbird Facts
Rufous Hummingbirds are very territorial. They will happily visit your backyard feeder and will also happily chase off other bird species. At 3 inches long, Rufous Hummingbirds can have one long migration, nearly 4,000 miles from the tip of Mexico to southeastern Alaska. During this migration they travel in a clockwise pattern. Up the Pacific Coast then back down through the Rocky Mountains. Their incredibly fast wing beat of 50-60 beats per second enables them to hover in place.