The male has a red throat and the female's throat is white with
a few red feathers. The male is extensively orange on back and body,
while the female has a green back and head. The male's tail is orange
with pointed black tips. The female's tail is orange, green and black
with rounded white tips.
The female will gather grasses, pieces of lichen, plant down and spider
webs to build her nest. The spider webs are used to secure the nest
to the chosen location and to hold the nest together. The chosen
location is usually in a deciduous tree in dense woodland, 5 to 30 feet
above ground and near the tip of a downward-sloping branch. The
nest is about the size of a walnut.
A Few Things You Probably Didn't Know:
The Rufous Hummingbird breeds farther
north than any other species of hummingbird in the world. Its range
extends all the way to Alaska.
This little hummer will return to the same
food sources, plants and feeders year after year.
The Rufous hummingbird migrates 3,900
miles from Alaska to Mexico.