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Ruby-throated Hummingbird


So small yet so fascinating.

H.J. Ruiz - Avian101

It makes me very happy to post a new “lifer” bird for me which adds another species of birds to my backyard visitors hence my global count.

The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Latin name: Archilochus colubris, is a small hummingbird. It is the only species of hummingbird that regularly nests east of the Mississippi River in North America.

The species is sexually dimorphic. The adult male, shown in the photo, has a ruby red throat patch which may appear black in some lighting, and a dark forked tail. The female has a dark rounded tail with white tips and generally no throat patch, though she may sometimes have a light or whitish throat patch. The male is smaller than the female, and has a slightly shorter beak. A molt of feathers occurs once a year, and begins during the autumn migration.

The breeding habitat is throughout most of eastern North…

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