The Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) has a reputation for fast, darting flight and pinpoint maneuverability. They are pugnacious birds that tirelessly chase away other hummingbirds, even in places they’re only visiting on migration.
These little birds LOVE hummingbird feeders. If you end up attracting one to your backyard, beware – they will most likely chase off any other hummers.
They make one of the longest migratory journeys of any bird worldwide (as measured by body size.) Their nearly 4000 mile journey from Alaska to Mexico is a record setter for this size bird.
One of my favorite things about the Rufous is that they will return year-after-year to a particular garden and even feeder. They appear to have very long memories.
Like all hummingbirds, they are also known for their acrobatics. They can fly upside down, straight up and hover in place for as long as they like.
This is my favorite species of hummingbird because they are so rambunctious. I hope you like them too.
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