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Old Thursday 8th March 2018, 19:51   #1
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Rufous or Allen's??

Hi all, new here. I have a very feisty (which makes me think Rufous?) hummingbird who has nested in the tree next to my feeder. She doesn't let any other birds drink from the feeder, many times chasing them all the way across the street and out of sight! Others that come are Rufous, Allen's, lots of Anna's, and I've seen one Costa's.

She is medium height, but fuller than some of the others that come. She is super tame, sometimes coming right up to my face to say hi! She always sits right next to me when I am sitting at the window (we don't have a screen so the window is totally open) The other day she flew right up to the side of my face and I could feel the wind from her wings! Would love to know which she is! Right now her name is Fru (female rufous) :)

We live in Los Angeles city. The pictures were taken today, March 8th. She has been nesting here for about a month.
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Hi, MrsBozeman!
Welcome to BF.

Those two birds, Allen's and Rufous are very difficult to distinguish apart from one another.
That said, I have a behavioral feel for an Allen's, given it being on a nest in LA.
Rufous generally nesting to the north.

For positive ID in most cases, a clear photograph of the spread open tail feathers is required.

This is one site that compares the difference >Here<

If you could follow up with a good photograph of the open tail, Im sure someone here in BF could confirm.

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