Plumage/Description: Males have a green head and an all green back and a brilliant red throat along with a white breast, and green flanks. The tail is a combination of Rufous, black, white and green feathers. (Reference Sibley Guide to Birds to see color pattern in tail feathers) Females also have a green head and an all green back, but lack the solid red throat. Females have a rich buffy color on the flanks and belly.
Habitat: During migration they will pass through a variety of habitats. Once they settle down for breeding purposes they are pretty much restricted to a Ponderosa/Coniferous forests habitat.
Time of year: Spring, summer resident.
Relative Abundance: Common in appropriate habitat.
Behavior: Nectar and insect eater. Frequents hummingbird feeders. Like other hummingbird species has the ability to hover. In flight males’ wings produce a distinctive audible sound that confirms identification.
Diet: Nectar, sugar water, insects, spiders
Similar species: Other hummingbird species that occur in this area (Anna’s, Black-chinned, etc.)
Best Sites: White Spar Campground, Granite Basin, Lynx Lake, Groom Creek, Walker.