The following poster was created by Ella MacQuisten for Wild Wise Sooke. Click on the poster to see the original, larger sized work. For your reading convenience, the text is printed out below.
Rufous Hummingbird aka Selaphorus rufus
Status: Watch List
- Rufous hummingbirds visit BC in the spring and summer to breed and nest
- In the fall, they fly south to the US Gulf Coast and Mexico!
- They endure the longest migration of any species relative to its size!
- If providing a hummingbird feeder, only provide a water to sugar ratio of 4:1 and do not add any colours or dyes
Did you know?
Hummingbirds are warm-blooded pollinators, which are especially important during BC’s early spring months when insect pollinators are not active yet. Pollination by hummingbirds is essential to the survival of species like salmonberries and BC’s coastal environments.
Common Misconception: Supplying food for hummingbirds year round will discourage them from migrating. This is not true, since their instinct to migrate will over ride their desire to stay at a consistent food source. Suppling food is encouraged to provide year-round resident hummingbirds (Anna’s) with energy throughout the winter.
See other posters by Ella MacQuisten
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Painted Turtle
- Wildlife in Focus from Wild Wise Sooke: The Rufous Hummingbird