Learn about the rufous hummingbird - a feisty bird thats flitting back to BC in time for spring.
Spring is in the air, and the warmer weather is prompting rufous hummingbirds to flit back to BC. While most backyard birds are par for the course, the iridescent blur of a nectar-seeking hummingbird is cause for excitement. This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the feisty rufous hummingbird.
A migratory species, rufous hummingbirds range further north than any of their hummingbird relatives. They can be spotted in flower-filled forests, meadows, parks, and gardens across Canada and the US.
Why are they threatened?
Rufous hummingbirds wander far and wide, so they’re not currently at risk of extinction. Nevertheless, their declining numbers have led the IUCN to label them as a Least Concern species.
Although scientists have yet to pin down the exact reasons for this dip, rufous hummingbirds may be affected by habitat loss across their migratory range. On the other hand, artificial feeders offer a ready source of food for hummingbirds and invite these beautiful birds into our backyards. Keep in mind, however, that feeders can increase the birds’ chances of colliding with windows and encountering cats.