Allen's Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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Adult male

Compact and stocky hummingbird. Adult males have a reddish-orange throat and an orange belly.

Female/immature male

Small and compact hummingbird. Females/immatures have a dull metallic green back and pale coppery flanks.

Female/immature male

Females/immatures are bronze-green above with paler coppery sides. They both have bits of bronze spotting on their throats, though females have more spots and a small patch of reddish orange in the center of the throat.

Adult male

Note the very narrow tail feathers when the tail is spread. Adult males are coppery below and bronze-green above with a coppery tail.

Female/immature male

Females/immatures have a bronze-green back. Although subtle, note coppery eyebrow.

Female/immature male

Females/immatures are very difficult to separate from females/immatures Rufous Hummingbird. Separated by shape of spread tail; narrow outer tail feathers on Allen's, but wide on Rufous.

Adult male

Breeds in coastal forest, scrub, and chaparral along a narrow strip that stretches up the coast from California to southern Oregon.

Recommended Citation

Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/allhum