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Ruby-throated Hummingbird - BirdForum Opus

(Redirected from Archilochus colubris)
Photo © by etow
North Central Ohio, USA, July 2004
Archilochus colubris


3 1/2" (9 cm)
Needle-like bill, metallic green above, white below, buff sides, white-tipped outer tail feathers, brilliant, iridescent red throat which females and immature males lack.

Photo © by KC Foggin
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA April 2009

Similar Species

Averages shorter-billed and longer-tailed than Black-chinned Hummingbird, with wing tip straighter and narrower.


Southern Canada and USA - east of the Rocky Mountains; winters to Central America and rarely to the Caribbean.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Suburban gardens, parks, and woodlands.


Photo © byKC Foggin
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA, Augus 2016


The 2 white eggs are laid in a nest which has been woven from soft plant material. It is held together with spider silk and then covered with lichen.


The diet includes nectar, but Ruby-throated Hummingbird can also be seen taking insects and tree sap from woodpecker (sapsucker) drilling and insects taken in flight.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. What Bird

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