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 Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)




Allen's Hummingbird | Selasphorus sasin photo
Allen's Hummingbird

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ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD FACTS

Description
Allen's Hummingbird is a small hummingbird. The male is green with rust-colored flanks, rump, and tail, and an iridescent orange-red throat. The female and immature birds are similar color but have speckled throat instead of the iridescent throat patch. Females are mostly green, with rufous tail with white tip. Female and immature Allen's Hummingbirds are very similar to the female Rufous Hummingbird.

Size
9cm

Environment
woodland, gardens, and meadows

Food
feeds on nectar from flowers using their long extendable tongue. Also eats insects found in flowers.

Breeding
Allen's Hummingbird builds a cup-shaped nest out of plant fibers and down, bound with lichens. The nest is located above ground on a tree branch or plant stem. The female lays two white eggs, which hatch after 15 to 17 days. The young leave the nest after about three weeks.

Range
Allen's Hummingbird is found in coastal California, southern Oregon, and the Pacific coast of Mexico

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Apodiformes
Family:Trochilidae
Genus:Selasphorus
Species:sasin
Common Name:Allen's Hummingbird


Relatives in same Genus
  Volcano Hummingbird (S. flammula)
  Broad-tailed Hummingbird (S. platycercus)
  Rufous Hummingbird (S. rufus)
  Scintillant Hummingbird (S. scintilla)