Rufous Hummingbird Photos © Bill Schmoker

All photographs copyrighted by the author. Publication-quality 300dpi versions and prints of many of the images contained in this web site are available- inquiries welcomed- email bill@schmoker.org

Male Rufous Hummingbird, Boulder County, Colorado, 7/07.

Male Rufous Hummingbird with fairly extensive green in its back, Ramsey Canyon, Arizona, 8/06.

Female Rufous Hummingbird, Chaffee County, Colorado, 8/05.

Adult female Rufous Hummingbird, Clear Creek County, Colorado, 7/05.

Male Rufous Hummingbird, Durango, Colorado, 7/05.

Male Rufous Hummingbird, Durango, Colorado, 7/05.

Female Rufous Hummingbird, Durango, Colorado, 7/05.

Female Rufous Hummingbirds, Durango, Colorado, 7/05.

Immature male Rufous Hummingbird, Longmont, Colorado, 8/04.

Immature male Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird, Beatty's Orchard, Miller Canyon, Arizona, 7/03.

Adult female Rufous Hummingbird, Longmont, Colorado, 8/03. Note the flower stamens of the agastache (hummingbird mint) that are strategically positioned to exchange pollen on the bird's forehead.

Adult female Rufous Hummingbird, Longmont, Colorado, 8/03. Here you can see the pale agastache pollen on the forehead of the bird.

Male Rufous Hummingbird in flight, Patton's Place, Patagonia, Arizona, 3/03.

Adult male Rufous Hummingbird, Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Colorado, 7/02. Note the neon orange gorget (throat) when the angle and light is right.

Adult male Rufous Hummingbird, Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Colorado, 7/02. Slightly different angle yields slightly different gorget color.

Adult male Rufous Hummingbird, Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Colorado. Note how central portion of gorget looks greenish. At some angles the whole throat goes dark.

Adult female Rufous Hummingbird, Copper Mountain, Summit County, Colorado. Note spot on throat (this can flash brightly at some angles) and wing tips that almost reach tip of tail.

Another view of the adult female Rufous Hummingbird, Copper Mountain, Summit County, Colorado, 7/02.

I think this is an immature female Rufous Hummingbird because the central throat spot has just begun to form. Other marks resemble the adult female pictured above. Copper Mountain, Summit County, Colorado, 7/02.

Another view of the same immature female Rufous Hummingbird showing the diagnostic tail pattern. The tail is often flashed aggressively, giving the opportunity to observe this in the field without photographic equipment. In photos, however, you can observe the diagnostic asymmetrical shape of the fourth tail feather (rectrice) from the edge. Note the notch on the inner side. In the nearly identical Allen's Hummingbird, this feather would lack this notch, having a symmetrical, sharp shape instead. The last rectrice of the female Rufous Hummingbird is also substantially broader than would be found in the Allen's. Copper Mountain, Summit County, Colorado, 7/02.

All photographs copyrighted by the author. Publication-quality 300dpi versions and prints of many of the images contained in this web site are available- inquiries welcomed- email bill@schmoker.org