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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris


The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is 7–9 cm (2.8–3.5 in) long and has a 8–11 cm (3.1–4.3 in) wingspan. Weight ranges from 2 to 6 g (0.071 to 0.21 oz), with males averaging 3.4 g (0.12 oz) against the slightly larger female which averages 3.8 g (0.13 oz) Adults are metallic green above and greyish white below, with near-black wings. Their bill is long, straight and very slender. Males have the classic ruby red throat which shines ruby red when the sun hits it at the right angle. If there is a lack of sun, or you see a male at the wrong angle, the throat will appear a very muted red, to nearly black.


These photos were taken with available light, and no additional flash. The male is a rather old male. The flight shot is of a female, and the shots of the hummingbird on the limb are quite possibly a juvenile male.

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williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful comment, ToshimiDowaki

ToshimiDowaki 9 years ago

Great series!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks Mayra for the wonderful comment

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williefromwi 9 years ago

Gerardo, I love wildlife, and photography too. I can not imagine myself not trying to take the best photos I can of the spottings I see. Thanks for the kind words.

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Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

WOW another of your amazing spotting´s and photos thanks Willie !

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Spotted on Sep 1, 2011
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