adult male; rufous back and upperparts (California, USA; 2007-04-22)

Rufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus

Native Range: North America

Notes: extremely similiar to Allen's Hummingbird except that some males often have a rufous rather than green back; male does steep J-shaped dives during his courtship flight; strong sexual dimorphism.

orange-red throat, white chest band (California, USA; 2007-07-22)

sipping nectar beside honeybee (California, USA; 2010-04-18)

female hovering; speckled throat; rufous side (California, USA; 2012-04-28)

female hovering; note the speckled throat (California, USA; 2012-04-28)