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Texas Hummingbird Roundup
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Wildlife Division
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 389-4644


Texas Hummingbird Roundup:
Rufous (Selasphorus rufus)

Rufous Hummingbird
(Selasphorus rufus)
Artwork © 2005 TPWD

Found in every ecoregion of the state, this is the bird often described as “the bully.” A notably aggressive bird around feeders or hummingbird gardens, this bird is found in a variety of habitats from scrub and thorn areas to forests and trees. Wintering birds often prefer feeders and gardens. The rufous is a small, compact, relatively short winged bird that will always show some of the color the name developed from.

Identifying Features (Male):

Identifying Features (Female):

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