The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the most common species that breeds east of the Mississippi River.
This hummingbird is the most common of the North American hummingbirds in the East.
Length: 3 ¾ inches (Interesting fact- This hummingbird is the smallest hummingbird except for the Bee hummingbird)
Wingspan: 4 ½ inches (Note: The wingspan of the female is slightly larger than that of the male)
Distinctive Markings: Both sexes have a metallic green back and a green head crown.
Only the male has a radiant ruby red throat (gorget).
Sounds: A rapid series of chirping sounds
Habitat: Locations with nectar rich flowers and feeders, trees for perching and a reliable water source such as background gardens and forests.
Diet: Nectar, insects and tree sap such as Maple sap
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