How to Spot a Ruby Throated Hummingbird

One popular type of hummingbird is the ruby throated hummingbird. Hummingbirds are one of the most amazing creatures in existence. The buzz of their wings as they fly, the helicopter sudden-stops-reverses-ups-and-downs and the aggressiveness in such small bodies are entrancing.

Spotting a Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Like other birds, male ruby throated hummingbirds are easier to recognize than females because the males are more colorful. Overall, rubies have green feathers on their backs and the tops of their heads. The males are distinguished by the bright red feathers on their throats.

Ruby throated hummingbirds are one of the smaller kinds of hummers, with a length of three to three and one quarter inches and a wingspan of four to four and three quarters inches. Females are usually larger than males by about 15 to 20 percent.

If you can only see a profile of a hummingbird, you may still be able to identify the bird as a ruby throated. Ruby throated hummingbirds feature bills that curve downwards slightly. When perched, the wings of this type of hummingbird are too short to touch their tails.

You may find ruby throated hummingbirds in several different habitats. Look in and near woodlands, open grassy areas and, yes, in your own backyard.

Ruby throated hummingbirds have different breeding grounds than do other types of hummingbirds. Rubies are the only hummingbirds that breed in eastern North America. Look in their habitats for these birds during their breeding and nesting season, from March to July. Perhaps you will see a female, who handles all the childcare needs, with her young. A female can have babies several times during the breeding season.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird Facts
Like other hummingbirds, ruby throated hummingbirds' diet consists of tiny insects and nectar, with hummingbird feeders as a supplement when available. All hummingbirds must eat as much as they weigh on a daily basis in order to live.

Ruby throated hummingbirds really beat their wings fast. When flying forward, these birds' wings beat 75 times per second. When they hover like a helicopter, their wings are going at a rate of 55 beats per second. When ruby throated hummingbirds need to move backwards, their wings move at 61 beats per second.

Ruby throated hummingbirds only have about 940 feathers, the fewest number of feathers amongst all of the birds.

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