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The rufous hummingbird is native to open areas and forest edges in western North America, from southern Alaska to California. The adult male has a rufous or redish-brown face, upper body and tail, a white breast, and an orange-red throat. The hummingbird has strong flight muscles and blade-like wings allowing it to fly not only forward, but also straight up and down, sideways, and backwards, and to hover in front of flowers as it feeds on nectar and insects. Play the following videos to learn more about the rufous hummingbird. Also see our video page on the ruby-throated hummingbird.