Allen's Hummingbird

Selasphorus sasin

Order

APODIFORMES

Family

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Code 4

ALHU

Code 6

SELSAS

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Allen's Hummingbird status has changed relatively little over the past few years. This species of bird is native to the United States and Mexico but it has also been found in Canada as well. Currently, there are more than half a million individual birds in its native range. Although this species of bird was rated as Lower Risk in 1988, currently the Allen's Hummingbird population is not believed to be in danger of significant decline and is rated as Least Concern. The change from Lower Risk to Least Concern occurred in 2004.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Allen's Hummingbird: Small, compact hummingbird; male has straight black bill, glittering green crown and back, white breast, and rufous sides, belly, rump, and tail. The throat (gorget) is iridescent copper-red. Female similar but lacks bright gorget. Feeds on nectar, insects, spiders, and sap. Swift direct flight, hovers when feeding.


Range and Habitat

Allen's Hummingbird: Breeds along the Pacific coast from southern Oregon to southern California. Resident in extreme southern California; winters from southern California and Arizona to central Mexico and sometimes can be found along the Gulf Coast states. Preferred habitats include coastal chaparral, brushlands, and edges of redwood forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"zeeee chuppity-chup"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The courtship flight of the male Allen's Hummingbird is a back and forth arc of about 25 feet, similar to the motion of a swinging pendulum, followed by a high-speed dive from about 100 feet.
  • They are aggressive in defending nesting territory from other hummers, and have been known to attack and rout birds several times larger than themselves.
  • A group of hummingbirds has many collective nouns, including a “bouquet", "glittering", "hover", "shimmer", and "tune” of hummingbirds.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Allen's Hummingbird

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
GorgetX
A small iridescent patch on the throat of a hummingbird.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X