Allen’s or Rufous Hummingbirds – even the most experienced birders aren’t sure!

Yes, it is nearly impossible to tell an Allen's Hummingbird from a Rufous Hummingbird. I've been advised to say it's a Selasphorus and then I can't go wrong. Paul Brewer photographed one of these beauties feeding on a Pride of Madera bush at his Gualala home.

Hummingbirds - they are living jewels that visit our gardens. Thanks to Paul for allowing me to share his exquisite photos with you here.

4 thoughts on “Allen’s or Rufous Hummingbirds – even the most experienced birders aren’t sure!

  1. We had a similar invasion last week in Little River.

    The top one is a young male, probably Allen’s, but I would call it a Selasphorus too!

    The bottom two are solid Rufous Hummers. Not a hint of green on the back (I know you can’t see the back well, but if it was an Allen’s you would see green from this view).

    Cool shots. Paul told me about them the other day. Pretty fun!

    Ron

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