Allen's Hummingbird


Common Name
Allen's Hummingbird
Scientific Name
Selasphorus sasin
Length
3 3/4"
Range

Common only in the foothills of coastal California, and southern Oregon. Sometime visitor to Texas.

Allen's Hummingbirds winter as far south as southern Mexico. They move north up the Pacific Coast in late winter, and south through the mountains in late summer.

A close relative of the Rufous Hummingbird, Allen's has a more limited range, nesting mostly in California.

Characteristics and Identification

Has a rufous tail, green back, and dark bill; difficult to safely separate from immature Rufous. Male has an iridescent red throat and shiny green back. Female's chin, throat, and chest are a dull white; center of throat with variably sized patch of red feathers.


Allen's Hummingbird in Southern California (Courtesy of Marilyn Meadows Photography)
Allen's Hummingbird in Southern California
Source: Marilyn Meadows Photography
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Allen's Hummingbird (Courtesy of Marilyn Meadows Photography)
Allen's Hummingbird in Southern California
Source: Marilyn Meadows Photography
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Allen's Hummingbird (Courtesy of Marilyn Meadows Photography)
Allen's Hummingbird in Southern California
Source: Marilyn Meadows Photography
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Allen's Hummingbird (Courtesy of Marilyn Meadows Photography)
Allen's Hummingbird in Southern California
Source: Marilyn Meadows Photography
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Allen's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Male Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)
Source:
Steve Berardi, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons