Rufous Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are always fun to watch.  I didn’t know that the female Rufous was green.  I thought male and female were both brown.  Shows how much I knew.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/rufous_hummingbird/id

Female Rufous Hummingbird
Female Rufous

This little female Rufous sat still on the branch and chirped at the males.  They buzzed her and chased each other.  It was like watching an air combat dog fight!

Nosey Hummingbird
Hey! What are you doin’ over there?

It’s important to stay hydrated when fighting.

Rufous Hummingbird
Notice the chin color

This is the same hummer.

Rufous Hummingbird
Same hummer – Can he change the color display at will?

Did you know the male hummingbirds have a flight pattern when courting a female?  The Rufous pattern is a J-shape.

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/humm/RufousOval.html

Rufous - bright colors
Bright colors displayed

I was, obviously, standing near the feeder when one was at the feeder and the other had flown away.

All of a sudden I saw him flying straight toward us (me and the other hummer) from across the way.

It was kind of intimidating – that bright red chin, pointy beak and low hum getting louder quickly!  And they are so tiny – it’s like they are in stealth mode!

I was always told that you should never run with a pointy object.  Someone could get their eye poked out!

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