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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

Description:

The ruby-throated hummingbird is the smallest bird species that breeds in the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada. The adult male has a gorget (throat patch) of iridescent ruby red bordered narrowly with velvety black on the upper margin and a forked black tail with a faint violet sheen. The red iridescence is highly directional and appears dull black from many angles.

Habitat:

The breeding habitat is throughout most of eastern North America and the Canadian prairies, in deciduous and pine forests and forest edges, orchards, and gardens. The female builds a nest in a protected location in a shrub or a tree. Of all hummingbirds in the United States, this species has the largest breeding range.[

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1 Comment

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 7 years ago

Thanks aroa1!

Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Rhode Island, USA

Spotted on May 17, 2014
Submitted on May 22, 2014

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