Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby throated hummingbird

Description

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is one of the most readily recognized hummingbirds in the US and the only hummingbird common east of the Mississippi.

The male has metallic, ruby red throat and bright iridescent green back and head. Their underparts are a grayish white. The female has a green back and head and grayish white undersides.

 

Where you might see them

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are common throughout the eastern United States during the warm months. They are frequent visitors to sugar water feeders. In the fall, they depart for their wintering grounds in Central America.

 

Sources: A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides) and Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

Hummingbird Migration

HummingbirdEach year hummingbirds travel between their summer breeding grounds and their wintering grounds. Most of the hummingbirds that breed in the US travel south to Mexico or Central America for the winter.

Learn how you can track their migration.

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