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Male Rufous Hummingbird

These colorful male Rufous Hummingbirds pack a lot of attitude in their little bodies! Hummingbirds perform incredible aerial dives in an arc pattern reaching amazing speeds in the downswing. These dives are accompanied by a high, attention getting whirr sound. The dives are used as part of their mating ritual or in an attempt to intimidate intruders from their territory. Another tactic hummingbirds use is fanning their tail as this Rufous is doing to make their size appear larger when they feel challenged.

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Taken on April 13, 2009