Rufous Hummingbird - Selasphorus rufus

The Rufous is a small stocky hummingbird that has a long rounded tail. The bill is short, less than the length of his head. When perched the wing tips will fall well short of the tail. You will usually see some green on the crown and back. The adult female has a speckled gorget that usually shows a small iridescent patch of orange-red in the middle of her throat. Found throughout much of the western United States during spring and summer. This picture was taken during fall migration as they head back to Central and South America.