Hummingbird, Ruby-Throated bird picturesRUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
425. Anchilochus colubris. 3.5 inches
This little gem is the only one of the family found within the territory included in this website.
Owners of flower gardens have the best opportunities to study these winged jewels, on their many trips to and fro for honey, or the insects that are also attracted thereby. With whirring wings, they remain suspended before a blossom, then - buzz - and they are examining the next, with bill lost within the sweet depths.
Their temper is all out of proportion to their size, for they will dash at an intruder about their moss-covered home as though they would pierce him like a bullet. Their angry twitters and squeaks are amusing and surprising, as are their excitable actions.
Nest. - A most beautiful creation of plant fibres and cobwebs adorned with lichens and resembling a little tuft of moss upon the bough on which it is placed. In June two tiny white eggs are laid (.50 x .35).
Range. - N.A: east of the Rockies, breeding from the Gulf north to Labrador and Hudson Bay; winters south of U.S.