While attending a hummingbird banding on September 5, 2009 in Killen, AL- someone at the event informed me that there was a Rufous Hummingbird hanging around the site. That was exciting news to me- Rufous Hummingbirds are not very common in Alabama- they are much more common to the western United States.
While at the banding, kids (and adults) were allowed to hold a hummingbird after each hummingbird had been weighed and banded. A reporter from the Florence, AL Times Daily newspaper was also at the banding and wrote a nice article about it. A photo of my son, Sven, was also featured in the article. Here is a link to the account: http://www.timesdaily.com/article/20090906/ARTICLES/909065055
The scientific name of the Rufous Hummingbird is Selasphorus rufus. The website, hummingbirds.net states that the Rufous Hummingbird has the ideal size-to-weight ratio which allows it to "outfly" all other hummingbird species- giving it a big advantage in chasing the other hummers away from the hummingbird feeders. The Rufous Hummingbirds also have the longest migration routes of any of the North American hummingbird species. (source)