Ruby-throated HummingbirdArchilochus colubris
Facts About Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated hummingbirds are about 3 1/2 inches from the tip of their beaks to the tip of their tales.
The oldest known surviving Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a banded bird that was 6 years 11 months old.
Their tongue is grooved on the sides to collect nectar which they lap up at the rate of 13 licks per second.
In the hottest part of the summer it may be necessary to change your feeder 2 to 3 times a week.
Hummingbirds do not migrate on the backs of geese...they make the whole flight on their own. That’s 500 miles just across the Gulf of Mexico.
Leaving a feeder up too late in the fall will not cause the birds to miss their migration.
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Last Updated: Apr 08, 2014