Rufous Hummingbird


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)



4 comments:

Eve said...

I would love to see a Rufous Daniel. Great pictures! Thanks for the links, this is another great post.

Lisa said...

Wow! Lovely photos!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Amazing photos, Daniel!!!!

Anonymous said...

These birds are amazingly fast and incredibly combative. I have seen and heard them smashing into each other while fighting over a feeder and seeing them performing their ariel combats is breathtaking. I wish all of you had an opportunity to see them in action!
If I knew how to post a photo here I would add a few of my favorites taken in CO.