photo by Phil Swanson
L 3 3/4″ (10 cm).
Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)
Low chipping and buzzing notes. Also excited “zeee-chuppity-chup” is often heard.
Description: Bright iridescent orange-red gorget of male contrasts with non-iridescent rufous upperparts and sides; white breast; mainly rufous tail. Female is green above, with rufous on the sides and at the base of the tail feathers. Juveniles resemble adult females.
Habitat: Migrants can be found in plains, foothills, and urban gardens.
Where in Nebraska: Rare fall migrant in extreme western parts of the state. Most of records are from Scotts Bluff County.
Field Notes: No spring records of this bird in Nebraska.
Fun Facts: Rufous Hummingbirds have the longest migration of hummingbirds; 3,000 miles from Alaska and Canada to Mexico.