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Rufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus

Hummingbirds
Hummingbird Family (Trochilidae)

Size: Length: 8-9 cm

Description: Very bold, the rufous hummingbird is our most common hummingbird. The males, although tiny, can be spotted from great distances due to their intensely bright colours. They almost look like a lone, distant Christmas light. Their upper parts are cinnamon--rufous in colour. The crown is glossy green. The neck and throat are bright scarlet. Their undersides are lighter, but still strongly tinted with the same rufous tint. the wings are green, but the flight feathers are tinted with rufous. Females are much more drab. Their upper parts are bright green. Their throat is white, spotted with green. Their undersides are white, however the sides, flanks and underside of the tail are cinnamon-rufous. The strong rufous tint of the underside of the tail distinguishes female rufous hummingbirds from similar female caliopes.

The tiny nest is similar to that of the calliope, firm, small, and held together with spider webs. Incubation is by the female. They feed primarily on nectar, but during the early and late season, when nectar is scarce, they visit the tiny rows of holes left by sapsuckers to collect sap and insects.

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