Specialty Birds

Allen's Hummingbird
Copyrighted Photo courtesy of: Hugh P. Smith


Allen's Hummingbird
Selasphorus sasin

Spring and summer visitor [January - September] of residential gardens and oak and riparian woodlands of the coastal plain. [It is difficult to distinguish female and immature Allen's from Rufous Hummingbirds which are fairly common spring migrants.]

Some of the best Central Coast birding sites to find it are:

San Luis Obispo County: 
Montana del Oro State Park
Oceano Campground 
Oso Flaco Lake [nests]

Santa Barbara County: 
La Purisima Mission
Stowe House at Lake Los Carneros
 Santa Barbara Botanical Garden 
Rancho Guadalupe Dunes [nests in roadside willows]

Ventura County:
Pt. Magu State Park
Arroyo Verde City Park
McGrath State Beach campground 
Camino Real Park

For information on this bird, visit:


Specialty Birds of the California Central Coast

Central Coast Birding Trail | Monterey | San Luis Obispo | Santa Barbara | Ventura