Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird


The male Rufous Hummingbird is an orangy rufous color. His back is rufous with scattered green spangles. His underparts are creamy white with a rufous "vest." His throat appears scarlet to orange in color and can look golden in certain light. The female is bright green above and white below, washed with rufous.


Where you might see them

Rufous Hummingbirds breed further north than any other hummingbirds. Their location in the US varies by season. They can be found in California during the spring, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska in the summer, and the Rocky Mountains in the fall.



Rufous Hummingbirds are feisty. They will attack other hummingbirds, including those large then them, at flowers and feeders.


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


Hummingbird Gardens

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