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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)



Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) - Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Class: Aves
Family: Trochilidae
Common Name: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Genus: Archilochus
Species Name: colubris

About The Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are about 7.5 to 9 cm long and weigh 3.5 grams. Males have an emerald green back, an iridescent ruby red throat, gray flanks, and an entirely dark, forked tail. The female differs from the male as she is larger with a longer bill, has a white breast and throat, and has a rounded tail with white tips. Immature birds resemble the female. These birds feed exclusively on nectar and insects, but they will eat tree sap when nectar is scarce. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only breeding hummingbird in the eastern United States. Ruby-throated hummingbirds winter in tropical deciduous or dry forests, scrubland, citrus groves, and second growth forests. They breed in mixed woodlands, eastern deciduous and pine forests, gardens, and orchards. The population is stable and common in its range.

Rights Holder: National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) at http://www.nbii.gov

Trips Where Observed

Mexico to Panama
Mexico, Nayarit
Moving the Car
Texas

Member Lifelists

Illinois
Mexico
New Jersey
North America
United States
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
7/4/1978
At the hummingbird feeder
1/20/2009
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) - Female
Difficult to identify as they are quite plain looking at this time and place.
4/14/2013
Not 100% sure on ID.

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