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!
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.