Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Name (Latin): Archilochus colubris


                   Size: Smaller than most other birds in this area.

                                                       Description: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are bright emerald or golden-green on the back and crown, with gray-white underparts. Males have a brilliant iridescent red throat that looks dark when it’s not in good light.

Song/Sounds: Listen here

                Habitat: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds live in open woodlands, forest edges, meadows, grasslands, and in parks, gardens, and backyards.

Seasons in Keene: Ruby throated hummingbirds spend the summer breeding season in the Eastern US.

                   Nest and Eggs: The finished nest is quite small, usually 1" X2" diameter and depth. The nest is perched atop a branch, and not in a fork.

Similar Species:Similar to all hummingbirds, but resembling Rufous Hummingbird the most.

Distribution: Eastern North America for summer breeding,winters in Latin America.

                     Population Trends:Population is considered stable at this time.

                                            Threats: Habitat loss and woodland predators.

Fun Facts:Ruby Throated Hummingbirds can see parts of the infrred spectrum of light.

                     Video: See it here