Plumage / Description: Male have a deep magenta-red iridescent color that encompasses the whole head, both above and below the beak. The back is green, the flanks have a wash of a lighter green color. Female’s are green on the back, lack any magenta color on the head, but they do have a small spot of magenta color on the throat area.
Habitat: Widely distributed in a variety of habitats including residential areas, riparian areas, scrub oak, pinyon/juniper and even into ponderosa pine habitats.
Time of year: Year-round resident.
Relative Abundance: Common spring and summer, uncommon in winter.
Behavior: Nectar and Insect eater. Our most vocal hummingbird species, males sing extensively. Frequents hummingbird feeders.
Diet: Nectar, sugar water, insects, spiders.
Similar species: Other hummingbird species that occur in this area (Black-chinned, Broad-billed, etc.)
Best sites: Watson Woods, Granite Creek Park, Strikland Park, residential areas