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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.
Photographed in a backyard garden area. Area is set up to be very wildlife friendly.
Spotted in a friends backyard. Photographed while we were visiting. Flower is a cone flower. This hummingbird was rather aggressive and would chase the larger birds off of their feeder, simply because she could. I have witnessed hummingbird fights and have even watched them chase other birds at times. This one took great pleasure in trying to not only chase one, but several birds from the area. All of them were at least twice her size, some much more then that.