Rufous hummingbirds visit Eagle County each summer

9th August, 2014 by

By Edward Stoner

EAGLE COUNTY — Very few animals are as continually aggressive as the rufous hummingbird (selasphorus rufus). When they stake out a feeding area of flowers or a feeder with nectar, they are in charge. No other bird gets a chance to feed in that area. They are relentless at defending their territory. Eagle County has three common hummingbirds: the rufous, the calliope and the broad-tailed hummingbirds. The male rufous body is orange with a bright orange throat called a gorget. The gorget on the broad-tailed is red. The gorget on the much smaller calliope is also red, but individual feathers …

Source: Vail Daily Feed



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