Rufous Hummingbird

British Columbia, Canada

The Rufous Hummingbird ( Selasphorus rufus ) is very feisty. They will attack other hummingbirds that are double their weight. Based on its body size it makes one of the longest migrations in the world from Alaska to Mexico. To hover in place, they beat their wings very fast and has been recorded at 52 to 62 wingbeats per second. The Rufous Hummingbird in the photo is a male with its brilliant orange colour, while the female is green and orange.

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