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The smallest bird in North America; females are slightly larger than males
Winters in west-central Mexico.
Casual vagrant to Kansas.
This species has been moved to genus Selasphorus by the North American Classification Committee under AOU; the world wide checklists have followed. It was formerly placed in the monotypic genus Stellula.
Prefers high mountains, and has been seen as high as 11,000 feet.
Usually forages within five feet of the ground.
Builds its nests over creeks or over roads next to streams or lakes. Usually repairs the previous year's nest or constructs a new one atop the old nest.
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