rufous hummingbird miniatures

July 18, 2015

The rufous hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) is a small hummingbird, about 8 cm (3.1 in) long with a long, straight and very slender bill. These birds are known for their incredible flight skills.  Some are known to fly 2,000 mi (3,200 km) during their migratory transits.


Rufus & Allen’s Hummingbird miniatures, approx. 3.8cm x 5cm (1.5″ x 2″), Arches Hot Press 140 lb. paper

The adult male has a white breast, rufous face, upper-parts, flanks and tail and an iridescent orange-red throat patch or gorget. Some males have some green on back and/or crown. The female has green upper-parts with some white, some iridescent orange feathers in the center of the throat, and a dark tail with white tips and rufous base. Their breeding habitat is open areas and forest edges in western North America from southern Alaska to California. This bird nests further north than any other hummingbird.

The female is slightly larger than the male. Females and the rare green-backed males are extremely difficult to differentiate from Allen’s hummingbird.  (source:

[In the photo above, the pre-dawn light produced a less-than-sharp picture. Photography is an artform unto itself.  This is a digital image produced by a Kodak Brownie-type picture taker.]

7 Responses to “rufous hummingbird miniatures”

  1. …you always hit that nail, Cynthia, (smile) — and it is true they make the best miniature paintings.


  2. I will look up ‘black-chinned’ now, Sue, never having heard of that variety before!


  3. Barry Comer said

    I do wish your images were larger. I cannot see enough to dive in and fly.

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  4. In our yard today we have black chinned. Beauties! We don’t put “feeders” out but rather have many, large zinnias that they love!

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  5. These are a sheer delight! I know they are miniatures, but my funny bone tells me you could almost describe them as “life size!”

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  6. ….many thanks for all your encouragement, Barry


  7. Barry Comer said

    These are lovely sir!

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