Rufous

Rufous Hummingbird

Medium in size, the Rufous Hummingbird’s presence is revealed by the loud hum of its wings and its jewel-like, copper-red throat. Females have spotted cheeks and orange-buff wash on sides. Rufous Hummingbirds are often spotted in forest clearings and meadows visiting flowers and drinking their sweet nectar. They will hover over or directly in front of the flower as they pull in the nectar with their long, thin beak and tongue. Unlike some male birds, the male Roufus does not provide any support in raising the young. Popular in backyards with hummingbird feeders, look for this irridescent bird and listen for the buzz of their tiny wings as they stop for a drink.

Favorite Foods

Unlike most birds who may prefer different types of seed, hummingbirds like one thing and one thing only—Hummer Sugar! Wild Bird Center’s Pure Hummer Sugar is the perfect balance of sweetness, sure to attract these beautiful and tiny birds to your yard.

Perfect Feeders

Hummingbirds love sugar, the color red and are attracted to brightly colored hummingbird feeders. We carry a large and diverse stock – beautiful, functional or whimsical, we’ve got you covered. Hummingbird feeders add great color and fun to your backyard in their various shapes, sizes and materials. Hang a bunch of different ones and see who stops in for a visit.

Nesting

Rufous Hummingbird’s nests consist of a cup of mosses, plant fibers and spider webs, the outside covered with lichens, and if often placed in a tree, shrub or vine. Hummingbirds can be very territorial of their feeders and nest areas so be prepared to be dive-bombed if you get too close! They usually lay two, white eggs which hatch in about 15-17 days. In another three weeks, they’ll be ready to fly!

Did You Know?

The Rufous Hummingbird has the longest migration route of all North American hummingbirds.