A male Calliope Hummingbird perches on a branch.
A male Calliope Hummingbird perches on a branch.
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Hummingbirds

Learn about hummingbirds in the Rockies and how you can help them.
Calliope Hummingbird. Photo: Syler Peralta-Ramos/Audubon Photography Awards
Calliope Hummingbird. Photo: Syler Peralta-Ramos/Audubon Photography Awards
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Hummingbirds

Learn about hummingbirds in the Rockies and how you can help them.

Hummingbirds are some of the most beloved birds across the Western Hemisphere, including in the Rockies. It comes as no surprise. With their stunning plumage, impressive flight capabilities, feisty attitudes, and remarkable migratory feats, hummingbirds are truly fascinating. Here in the Rockies region, there are four species of hummingbird: the Broad-tailed (Selasphorus platycercus) and Rufous (Selasphorous rufus) hummingbirds are the most common with Calliope (Selasphorus calliope) and Black-chinned (Archilochus alexandri) hummingbirds seen in smaller numbers. Learn more about these enchanting birds, their importance to the ecosystem, and how to attract them to your own backyard with our hummingbird resources below.

Backyard Hummingbirds
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Backyard Hummingbirds

How to identify hummingbirds in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and attract them to your yard.

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How Do Hummingbirds Survive Spring Snowstorms?
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How Do Hummingbirds Survive Spring Snowstorms?

Hint: They consume more than nectar

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Pollinator Pals
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Pollinator Pals

A Habitat Hero educational coloring book.

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Audubon Adventures: Hummingbirds
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Audubon Adventures: Hummingbirds

Teach kids about hummingbirds with an online magazine, game, and quiz.

Hooray for Hummingbirds
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Hooray for Hummingbirds

Find activities for children from across Audubon’s national network of environmental educators.

The Sugar Dome
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The Sugar Dome

Watch Rufous and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds face off for dominance!

Hummingbird Science
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Hummingbird Science

Notes from a Wyoming hummingbird researcher.

Container Garden Hummingbird Habitat
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Container Garden Hummingbird Habitat

Just a few pots on a balcony can provide habitat.

Hummingbird Habitat
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Hummingbird Habitat

Find out what makes prime habitat for hummingbirds.

Plant Profile: Hurray for Hyssop!
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Plant Profile: Hurray for Hyssop!

Learn more about hyssop and which varieties are best for gardening in the Rockies region.

Plant It and They Will Come
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Plant It and They Will Come

Learn more about hummingbirds in the Rockies and the native plants that attract them.

A Rufous Hummingbird drinks nectar from a Showy Milkweed.

Rufous Hummingbird. Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

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