Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus Scientific name definitions

Susan Healy and William A. Calder
Version: 1.0 — Published March 4, 2020
Text last updated September 1, 2006

Conservation and Management

Effects of Human Activity

Feeders provide artificial food supplementation during periods of flower unavilability early or late in season, and after weather or disease have decimated natural flower patches. May elevate populations above natural levels, at least locally.

Short-term effects of tree-cutting may allow seral flowers to achieve greater abundance than under forest canopy. Forest openings in old-growth allow suitable flower species to re-establish. Long-term effects of deforestation via climate (moisture and seasonal phenology) unknown.


Conservation Status

Despite BBS trend information showing declines (see above), global population estimated at 6,500,000 (Rich et al. 2004) - not (in 2006) believed to approach thresholds for population decline. IUCN has listed this hummingbird as a species of least concern.

Measures Proposed And Taken

No information. None directed to this species.

Recommended Citation

Healy, S. and W. A. Calder (2020). Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rufhum.01