Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus

Rufous Hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus, photo © by Michael Plagens

This male was observed in the upper East Verde River watershed, Washington Park, Gila Co., Arizona, USA. 17 July 2016.

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Male hummingbirds do not assist in feeding or protecting their offspring in the nest or the fledglings. Male Rufous Hummingbirds after breeding in northwestern USA and western Canada leave and begin their long migration back to Central America. Thus by mid July they begin arriving in Arizona's high country and upper sycamore canyons. They arrive after summer rains have made both flower nectar and insect prey available in quantity. At hummingbird feeders they are very aggressive often displacing other species. The bright rusty forehead, back and chin are distinctive.

Summer Resident - Migration to Neotropics for winter months

Trochilidae -- Hummingbird Family

More Information:

Arizona Naturalist
Sycamore Canyons
The Fauna of Arizona's Sycamore Canyons


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