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The Rufous Hummingbird (selasphorus rufus) is about 10 cm long with a long, straight and very slender bill. The female is slightly larger than the male. Often described as feisty, the Rufous hummingbird may have the ideal size-to-weight ratio among North American hummingbirds. This bird outflies all other species, and usually gets its way at feeders at the expense of slower, less-manoeuvrable hummers. The Rufous has the longest migration route of all US hummingbirds. Their breeding habitat is open areas and forest edges in western North America from southern Alaska to California. This bird nests further north than any other hummingbird. The female builds a nest in a protected location in a shrub or conifer. The male aggressively defends feeding locations within his territory. The same male may mate with several females.