Meet Allen’s Hummingbird, That Is One of The Smallest Hummingbird In North America

Allen's Hummingbird

Hummingbird is always known as the tiniest bird in the world. Let me introduce you to Allen’s Hummingbird which is one of the smallest and prettiest hummingbirds in North America. 

Allen’s Kingfisher (Selasphorus Sasin) is one of the seven species in the Selasphorus genus. It is typically 3 to 3.5 inches in size and even weighs less than an ounce. Its beautiful features make its appearance the most alluring. 

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Male birds have rufous colored flanks, rump, and tails with shiny brownish-green temples and foreheads. They have bright orange throats. 

Females and immature Allen’s hummingbirds are quite similar in appearance and they both are devoid of bright orange color. They have a series of flecks on their throats. 

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They feature rufous color only on the tail and most of the upper parts are mainly green in color.

Allen’s Hummingbirds migrate to the regions of Southern Arizona and Nevada, Texas, and Louisiana.  

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Look at its cutting-edge beak.

Allen's Hummingbird

Their courtship display is pretty wonderful.

Male Allen’s Hummingbirds take a fanatical flight similar to the motion of a swinging pendulum and dive from about 100 ft. They produce a fluttering voice with their tail feathers to drive the attention of the females. 

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Allen's Hummingbird courtship display

One of the smallest but always ready to chase.

They are aggressive and territorial by nature and chase other male hummingbirds from their territory. They have even been known to attack other larger predatory birds, such as hawks and kestrels. They are brave, right?

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They breed in a narrow strip along the Pacific Coast.

Females are so caring for their eggs before hatching and fledglings after.

Allen's Hummingbird female with nest and eggs

Female hummingbirds lay up to 2 white eggs, and mothers incubate them for 15-17 days. The young ones leave the nest after 3 weeks of hatching. Mother hummingbirds are so caring, as they feed the baby for several weeks. 

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Learn about their nesting habits.

They build their nest with plant fibers and weed stems and coat them with lichens and spider webs. They like to place their nests above the ground whether, it’s a tree branch, stalk, or any plant’s stem. 

Allen's Hummingbird nesting habit

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They feed on the nectar from flowers and eat small insects on flower blossoms. 

They are most likely to be found in brushy woods, gardens, and meadows.

Allen's Hummingbird having nectar 

The existence of Allen’s Hummingbirds is a potential threat due to frequent increases in pesticides and the extent of invasive plant species. However, they are tiny, on the other hand, they are brave also.

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Hope! you enjoyed reading about this cute little hummingbird. 

 

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