Rufous Hummingbird

photo by Phil Swanson

Selasphorus rufus
L 3 3/4″ (10 cm).

Song or calls:
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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.

rufous hummingbird
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.

juvenile maile Rufous Hummingbird - photo by Phil Swanson Ruby-throated Hummingbird - photo by Phil Swanson
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