Allen's Hummingbird

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(Selasphorus sasin)

Fun Fact: Male’s have two flight displays to attract females, a side-to-side shuttle and a pendulum. In the shuttle, they fly short distances side to side in front of a female with their gorget flared out while trilling their wings. In the pendulum display, males zip back and forth while making a stuttering bumblebee-like sound. After the pendulum display, males fly up to 100 feet into the air. On their return, they emit a sharp trill with their tail, pulling out of the dive right in front of the female.

Diet: Nectar and insects.

Habitat: Open habitats, woodlands, chaparral.

Overview: Allen’s Hummingbirds are mostly brown with green wings and a sunset colored gorget, or throat patch. The females have only hints of color on their throats. Both males and females defend territories of nectar sources. This species is common throughout the Ballona Wetlands, but their populations are declining throughout their range.