- The Rufous Hummingbird has the longest migration route compared to all other species of hummingbirds found in the United States.
- The male Rufous may mate with several females.
- The female of this species is larger then the male, but this is actually quite common. The female needs to be bigger because she must be able to produce eggs, to afford to share her body heat with the eggs while incubating, and to be able to share their food when feeding nestlings.
- The Rufous Hummingbird nest further north then any other species of hummingbird.
Rufous Hummingbirds have many areas that they visit along their migratory journey. In spring Rufous Hummingbirds migrate up the Pacific coast, passing through California from February to May. They will reach British Columbia in early April and Alaska by mid-April. Birds arrive in Idaho and Montana around the end of April.
It may surprise you to know that some people, even some adults, believe that hummingbird do not have feet. This is not true! Hummingbirds do have feet, but they are very poorly developed and therefore the hummingbird can barely walk at all, just a few inches. The feet of the hummingbird are used for preening, perching and scratching rather then walking. The hummingbird is most comfortable when in flight.