Deep Dive: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

by Chris Anderson on May 21, 2023
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are also known as Archilochus colubris.1 They are only about 3 inches tall, weigh less than 0.2 ounces, and have a wingspan of 3-4 inches.2 They have green feathers on their backs, with gray or white feathers on their fronts. Males have red feathers on their throat – which gives them their name, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird!2
These birds prefer semi-open habitats. This includes areas like forest edges, parks, and gardens.3 Many hummingbirds will nest in tropical areas or the western region of the United States – Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the exception.3 They are the only ones that will nest east of the Mississippi River.1
When it comes to mating, males will try to attract females with aerial displays that include many impressive dives.Females will lay two eggs and incubate them for around two weeks.3 Offspring grow quickly and will fledge within three weeks.1 Females can reproduce multiple times a year and may lay eggs three times.3
Ruby-throated hummingbirds like to feed from tubular flowers, including Trumpet Creepers and Spotted Jewelweeds.1&2 You can also find them at hummingbird feeders.2
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