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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (Male)

Archilochus colubris

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schaeffer.smith 9 years ago

Willie, that's fascinating. I've watched these birds for years and have never paid close enough attention to catch that. And thanks for the extra help. This poor business major needs all the biology help I can get.

williefromwi 9 years ago

Schaeffer, I am going to give you the link to my spotting, please look at the forth and the firth photo of the series, they of the same male, taken moments apart, one with his head turned into the light one with it turned toward the feeder. Notice the color of the throat. It is wonderful to capture it in perfect light. I catch the males turned slightly the wrong way more times then turned the way to showcase his beautiful throat.

schaeffer.smith 9 years ago

That makes sense to me. Thanks for the help.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

I agree with willie, the Black-Chinned lacks such a bright green back, and it is more of an olive green.

Hema 9 years ago

Willie,you are right about the light. The light can make the gorget look red or black.

williefromwi 9 years ago

schaeffer.smith, are you certain this is actually a black-chinned Hummingbird, and not just a Ruby-throated Hummingbird not in the proper light. A R-T hummingbirds throat will appear black if not in perfect light. Also, a B-C Hummingbird is not normally seen in your part of the country. Not saying you are wrong, just questioning, how you made that determination.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago


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Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

Spotted on Jun 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 1, 2012

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