adult male (California, USA; 2007-08-19)

Allen's Hummingbird
Selasphorus sasin

Native Range: North America

Notes: during his courtship "dance" starting about 30 feet above the ground, a male dives repeatedly in shallow arcs that culminate in a steep climb followed by a dive downward nearly to the ground accompanied by a loud "vrrrrip" sound made by his tail feathers; one of the most common "hummers" in southern California.

male nectaring (California, USA; 2007-08-12) female (California, USA; 2010-04-18)
female nectaring (California, USA; 2009-05-02) exuberant male (California, USA; 2007-08-12)
perched female (California, USA; 2007-08-19) male showing neon orange throat in sun (California, USA; 2007-08-19)
male frontal showing orange-red throat (California, USA; 2007-08-19) female portrait (California, USA; 2007-09-29)
female frontal showing streaked throat (California, USA; 2007-09-29)