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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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About the Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Also known as: Common hummingbird

Hummingbirds are known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings, 15 to 80 times per second. They feed on nectar from flowers and flowering trees using a long extendable tongue or catch insects on the wing.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is metallic green above and males have a brilliant red throat.

The breeding habitat is open areas throughout most of eastern North America and the Canadian prairies. The female builds a nest in a protected location in a shrub or tree.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is migratory, spending most of the winter in Mexico or Central America.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 05 August 2007
Scientific Name Archilochus colubris
  • Trochiliformes
  • Trochilidae
  • Archilochus
  • A. colubris
Birdorable Family Hummingbirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
2.75 to 3.5 inches
3 to 4.75 inches
0,07 to 0.211 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 红喉北蜂鸟 (Chinese)
  • Kolibřík Rubínohrdlý (Czech)
  • Rubinstrube (Danish)
  • Robijnkeelkolibrie (Dutch)
  • Rubiinikurkkukolibri (Finnish)
  • Colibri à Gorge Rubis (French)
  • Rubinkehlkolibri (German)
  • Colibrì Golarubino (Italian)
  • ノドアカハチドリ (Nodoakahachidori) (Japanese)
  • Rubinstrupekolibri (Norwegian)
  • Koliberek Rubinobrody (Polish)
  • Рубиногорлый колибри (Russian)
  • Colibrí Gorgirrubí (Spanish)
  • Rubinkolibri (Swedish)

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