Rufous hummingbirds are a common hummingbird species in the park, but Calliope hummingbirds (Selasphorus calliope) can sometimes visit the park's subalpine wildflower meadows as well. Birds in Order Caprimulgiformes are diverse, including not just hummingbirds, but also nighthawks and swifts.

Hummingbirds - Order Caprimulgiformes, Family Trochilidae

A small reddish hummingbird.
Rufous Hummingbird

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Rufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus

Habitat: forest, subalpine, alpine
Seasons: common spring-fall
Size: length 3.75 in (9 cm), wingspan 4.5 in (11.4 cm)
Rufous Hummingbird Calls

Rufous hummingbirds are compact, with broad-feathered tails that project slightly past wingtips. Males are reddish-orange with dark throats, white breast, and green wings. Females are green, with reddish coloring on the flanks and an orange-red spot on the center of the throat.

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Last updated: January 15, 2021

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