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Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

11 x 14"

The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the only type of hummingbird in the eastern U. S.  There are more than a dozen types west of the Great Plains in the west.  This small bird can beat its wings more than 50 times per second, hover while it sips nectar from a flower with its long tongue, and may migrate from Canada to Mexico, Panama or Costa Rica  The female feeds the young which has a first flight typically at 20 to 22 days.  There may be two and sometimes three broods per year.  Diet consists of nectar and insects.  Favors tubular flowers and may take sugar water from bird feeders.  Nest site is in a tree or large shrub, five to fifty feet above ground in the leaves on a horizontal branch made by the female in the shape of a cup with grass, plant fibers, spider webs, and lined with plant down.  The outside is camouflaged with lichens and dead leaves.