THE FEED

Birds & Blooms - - Feeder Talk -

LONG-DIS­TANCE FLIERS

Many species mi­grate, but rufous hum­ming­birds are known for hav­ing some of the long­est mi­gra­tory jour­neys for birds of their size. Some in­di­vid­ual rufous even mi­grate from Mex­ico to Alaska—about 3,900 miles!

UP NORTH

The rufous is the only hum­ming­bird species in the world whose breed­ing range ex­tends as far north as south­east­ern Alaska. They feed on tiny in­sects, nec­tar and some­times even tree sap through­out their jour­ney.

To help it hover, a rufous’ wings beat at high speeds—as fast as 52 to 62 wing­beats per sec­ond.

Fe­male rufous

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