Talk about aggressive, the Rufous Hummingbird is the feistiest hummingbird in North America. The brilliant orange male and the green-and-orange female Rufous Hummingbird are relentless attackers at flowers and feeders. They really don’t tolerate any other hummingbirds around “their” feeders. This also makes them great fun to watch and photograph. I was lucky enough to catch a couple of these hummingbird dogfights on film.
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In case you were curious:
- The Rufous Hummingbird has the longest migration route of all North American hummingbirds. They travel from Alaska to Southern Mexico!
- With sufficient food and shelter, this species has been known to survive in temperatures well below freezing.
- This bird has an excellent memory for location. They have been observed investigating where an absent feeder was located the previous year.
The images were all taken on the King Ranch in Colorado and it is Private Property…VERY Private Property.[xmlgm ngg_gallery=41]