ru·​fous | \ ˈrü-fəs How to pronounce rufous (audio) \

Definition of rufous

Examples of rufous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Migrating rufous, ruby-throated, and black-chinned hummingbirds compete for access to the blooms. Calvin Finch,, 1 Oct. 2020 Some of the rufous hummingbirds are still in area neighborhoods and often stay all winter. Calvin Finch,, 1 Jan. 2021 Our neighborhood in the Medical Center area is usually blessed with a winter resident rufous hummingbird. Calvin Finch,, 24 Sep. 2020 The migrating black-chinned, ruby-throated and rufous hummingbirds compete for access to the feeders. Calvin Finch,, 20 Aug. 2020 Another unusual behavior by the rufous hummingbirds is the inclination of some birds every year to linger here in San Antonio for the winter. Calvin Finch,, 24 Sep. 2020 This moderate trail is full of animal sightings including woodland birds such as ovenbirds, wood thrush, rufous-sided towhees and gray catbirds. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 20 Aug. 2020 The new paper, published on July 8 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that male rufous hummingbirds can learn which fake flower in a sequence holds a nectar-like syrup. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 July 2020 Plant a firebush or porter weed in a container in full sun on your patio to bring the resident black-chinned hummingbirds in for close observation this summer and the migrating ruby throats and rufous hummingbirds in the fall. Calvin Finch,, 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of rufous

1782, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rufous

Latin rufus red — more at red

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“Rufous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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