Allen’s Hummingbird

H2: Basic Description

The Allen’s Hummingbird is a beautiful and unique bird species that belongs to the family of Trochilidae. It is one of the smallest hummingbirds in North America, with an average length of 3-4 inches and weighing only about three grams. The male has a vibrant orange-red throat and crown while its back and wings are green. Females have similar markings but are slightly duller.

H2: Where To Find This Bird

Allen’s Hummingbird is native to Western North America, including California, Oregon, Washington State, Arizona, and Baja California. During their breeding season (January – June), they can be found in coastal regions or oak-savannah habitats from Southern Oregon down to Northern Mexico.

H2: Habitat

These birds thrive in open shrublands near water sources such as streams, rivers or rainforest edges at altitudes ranging from sea level up to 8,200 feet above sea level. They prefer nesting on small branches near human developments like gardens or parks where nectar plants dominate.

H2: Food

As with all hummingbirds, Allen’s Hummingbirds mostly feed on nectar from flowering plants such as red-flowering currants or bee balm flowers using their long bills which are well adapted for probing deep into flowers for nectar along with sipping insects too. These tiny birds also require protein-rich foods like spiders’ eggs for energy during their breeding period when they need more than just sugar-based nutrition.

H2: Cool Facts

– Despite being so tiny these birds can fly up to 60 km/hr.
– Males will commonly mate numerous times during mating seasons.
– These birds have one of the most complex courtship dances among bird species including swooping dives while producing loud chirps; this dance helps them attract mates.
– Some individuals may stay resident throughout winter instead of migrating southwards if they have a reliable source of food.


The Allen’s Hummingbird is a delightful bird that has captured the hearts of many with its vibrant colors and exceptional aerial abilities. As one of the smallest birds in North America, it remains a favorite among hummingbird enthusiasts for their unique courtship dance and distinctive vocalizations. If you’re looking to spot this avian gem, keep an eye out near nectar plants or near human developments during breeding season in Western North America, where they can be seen darting around with incredible speed and agility!