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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.


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.

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32 Comments (1–25)

jazz.mann 2 months ago

cool shot. coneflower is very interesting. also known as echinacea, thought to possess many medicinal properties, and after all birds are quite smart.

williefromwi 8 years ago

Thank you so very much, ViorelFlorinSandu

williefromwi 8 years ago

A belated thank you to you, SachindraUmesh and Olivia Chee, I would have thanked you sooner, but the powers that be who redesigned this sight do not think it should be something easy for me to check. Sigh.

ViorelFlorinSandu 8 years ago

Wow!!! Beautiful!!!

SachindraUmesh 8 years ago

epic shot!!! fantastic series!!

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 8 years ago

Fantastic shot!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks Asergio, SeanWeekly and CarolSnowMilne

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Third photo is fantastic.

SeanWeekly 9 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

One of my favorites flowers I planted. I should spy that plant out today although I haven't seen hummingbirds the last week.

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you so very much Lady Hopz

Brittmonster 9 years ago

This is beautiful :)

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks Jonathan, I am thrilled you enjoy my efforts to capture the beauty I find around me.

Jonathan Guyot
Jonathan Guyot 9 years ago

Incredible shots ! you have got very pleasant photos

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks so much Dixie

Dixie 9 years ago

So pretty.

williefromwi 9 years ago

Ashish, you are much to kind. I am thrilled I have a place to show off my love for wildlife, and perhaps help others to grow in their love of wildlife too.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Welcome Willie... Love to see its wing feathers look like fingers in that... most amazing capture I have seen of a Hummingbird... Surely you have made Project Noah very precious....!!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thanks Gerry, Azura, and Ashish. Because you suggest the third shot is the best, I have moved it to be the first photo seen Ashish. Thanks for the feedback.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

3rd shot is most excellent in this fantastic series...

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

Wow Wonderful

GerryBates 9 years ago

Wonderful captures, William!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Thank you Nuwan, Joshua, and Karen for your kind words

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

great capture!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

yeah really good man!

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Tomahawk, Wisconsin, United States

Spotted on Jul 22, 2012
Submitted on Jul 25, 2012

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