Allen's Hummingbird

Male Allen's Hummingbird - photo credit Nature's Display, istockphoto


Allen's Hummingbirds look a lot like the more common Rufous Hummingbird. Their feathers are a rusty color and their bill is solid black. The males have a red throat and shiny green back and cap. The females have a white chin and chest with a varying-sized patch of red- orange or bronze feathers at the center of the throat.


Where you might see them

Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) are typically only seen in coastal California and Oregon. They breed from southern coastal California north to southern Oregon. They are a rare but regular sighting in southern Arizona during fall migration (July - August) and rare but regular in southern Louisiana from August - February.


Sources: A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) and Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Hummingbird Gardens

Hummingbird at purple coneflower

Hummingbirds love sugar water feeders, but it's also nice to provide natural nectar sources for them. You can plant flowers in your garden or on your porch or patio that will be both pretty for you to look at and beneficial to the hummingbirds.

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