Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus

Hummingbirds are some of the smallest birds we can find world wide. There are many different species of Humming birds that live all over the Americas. There have been documented sightings in every state and province except for Hawaii, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. For the past 70 years, bird experts have practiced banding humming birds’ legs to document their travels, lifespan, sex and locations. This information is stored at the Bird Banding Lab at Laurel Maryland. In 1992, there were 50 million entries of humming birds.

Characteristics

The Rufous hummingbird is the most common species in the Pacific Northwest. But it is also found in 47 U.S. States, 8 Canadian Provinces and 22 of Mexico’s 32 States. It is known as the feisty one and is definitely very aggressive. It will attack anything threatening its territory including jays, crows and even hawks! The average Rufous lifespan is 3 to 5 years and the longest life recorded is 6 years…

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