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The Ruby throated Hummingbird is extremely small for its species and it is the only variety that actually nests along the east side of the Mississippi River.

The Hummingbird is about 3 to 3 and a half inches long and has a wingspan of about 3 to 4 inches. The average weight of these hummingbirds is about three point four grams.

Males are usually smaller than the females and have shorter beaks. Most adult Ruby throated hummingbirds are metallic green on the top side and grayish on the bottom side.

This Hummingbird is migratory and spends most of its winter in Mexico and Central America and has been seen as far south as South America. It does breed throughout the entire continental United States and in Canada.

Surprisingly, most Ruby throated hummingbirds are extremely solitary and adults are nonsocial. The only time adults come together is during breeding but this will only last for a couple minutes. Both the male and female variety of this species are very aggressive towards other species of hummingbirds.

The fiercely defend their territories and will attack and chase any other hummingbirds that challenge their private space.

The main food source of Ruby throated hummingbirds include flowers, extremely small insects, a wide variety of spiders and nectar.

It has been shown that hummingbirds show a preference for tubular flowers that have a lot of red coloring. It is vital that young hummingbirds get the majority of their protein from insects so that they can grow properly.

Reproduction

Ruby throated hummingbirds have been shown to be polygynous. Most of the parental care is provided by females and breeding pairs are never formed.

Males entice females into breeding by performing diving displays and they can also vocalize different types of sounds. If a female is responsive to make cock up her tail feathers and let her wings drop.

Females will usually lay a couple eggs and feed their chicks by regurgitating a couple times per hour. At the twenty-five day mark most young leave their nest.

Most vocalization occurs as a warning to other males. Ruby throated hummingbirds usually squeak and chirp in a rapid fashion that warns and imposing male that he has entered forbidden territory.

During reproduction and migration males make a ticking sound with their wings.

Migration Has Begun

Annual migration patterns have started and summer is right around the corner. This is great time to see an influx of ruby-throated hummingbirds for those that are patient and willing to put in the work. So start going on those scouting trips!