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Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
Ruffed Grouse

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Ruffed Grouse

  • Bonasa umbellus
  • Grouse

About the Rufous Hummingbird

Also known as: Red-backed Hummingbird

The Rufous Hummingbird lives across western portions of North America. They summer in Pacific Northwest into Canada and all the way up into Alaska. During migration they travel across the western United States on their way to their wintering grounds in Mexico and Central America.

Male Rufous Hummingbirds have a white breast, an iridescent reddish throat and rufous on the face, back, flanks and tail. They feed on flower nectar and insects caught on the wing.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 August 2010
Scientific Name Selasphorus rufus
  • Trochiliformes
  • Trochilidae
  • Selasphorus
  • S. rufus
Birdorable Family Hummingbirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
3.75 inches
4.5 inches
.12 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • kolibřík rezavolesklý (Czech)
  • Rød Dværgkolibri (Danish)
  • Rosse Kolibrie (Dutch)
  • kettukolibri (Finnish)
  • Colibri roux (French)
  • Rotrücken-Zimtelfe (German)
  • Colibrì rossiccio (Italian)
  • アカフトオハチドリ (akafutoohachidori) (Japanese)
  • Rødkolibri (Norwegian)
  • rudaczek pólnocny (Polish)
  • Рыжегорлый колибри (Russian)
  • Colibrí Rufo (Spanish)
  • Rostkolibri (Swedish)

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