• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Allen's Hummingbird

(Selasphorus sasin)
 
Allen's hummingbird
An Allen's Hummingbird rests by El Polin Spring.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Natural History: Allen's Hummingbird eats nectar and insects. It takes cover in trees and shrubs. It nests above ground often in shaded areas. It breeds in woodlands and dense scrub from mid-February to early August.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in dune scrub areas, Eucalyptus, Monterey Pine, and Monterey Cypress Forests and around ornamental plants. It breeds within the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is common in the summer, spring, and fall.

Identifying Characteristics: The males of the Allen's Hummingbird have green backs and orange-red throats. The females have green backs with reddish sides and tail bases.

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Did You Know?

Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States

While visiting the Presidio in August 1923, General Pershing learned that President Warren Harding had died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. It was Pershing's duty to accompany the body of the late President back to Washington D.C