Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus
rufus

Rufous Hummingbird
Photo courtesy of Tom Grey
Description:
Adult male has reddish-brown back and tail, occasionally marked with green; chin and throat a coppery color, white below. Female, bronzy-green back, white underparts, red-flecked throat. Length 3 ¾” (10 cm).
Voice:
Calls are like those of Anna’s hummingbird: bzee-zee-zee, zeee-chppity-chup, or chip-chip.
Food:
Nectar feeder. Like other hummingbirds, feeds on insects in early spring prior to availability of nectar.
Nest:
Nest of downy plant fibers and moss, covered with lichens and held together with spider’s silk. Two white eggs.
Habitat:
Edge of woods, thickets, parks, gardens and mountain meadows.
Range:
An uncommon migrant in the park. Breeds in southeastern Alaska, southern Canada, into WA, OR.
Migration:
Moves north in spring along foothills as flowers bloom. Migrates into Pacific states in spring and summer. Winters in Mexico.
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