Ruby Throated Humming Bird

The Ruby Throated Humming Bird is a number one favourite of hummer fans!

This beautiful little feathered friend is found in many gardens and gives endless hours of bird-watching pleasure!

Knowing more about our ruby throated humming bird will give you more appreciation for this garden visitor.

ruby throated hummingbird


Ruby Throated Hummingbird Information

  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are the only breeding hummingbird in eastern North America.

  • Bright emerald or golden-green on the back and crown, with gray-white underparts. Males have a brilliant iridescent red throat that can look dark when not in good light.
  • Beats its wings about 53 times a second.
  • They fly straight and fast, but can stop instantly, hover, and adjust their position up, down, or backwards with great control.
  • Live in open woodlands, forest edges, meadows, grasslands, parks, gardens and backyards.
  • They have very short legs which prevent it from walking or hopping. It shuffles along a perch.
  • Nest normally on a tree branch but they are used to human habitation and have been known to nest on loops of chain or wire.
  • The oldest known Ruby-throated Hummingbird was 9 years 1 month old.
  • Feed on the nectar of red or orange tubular flowers, as well as at hummingbird feeders. Also catch insects in midair or pull them out of spider webs.
  • Conservation status is Least Concern.


More Useful Information

  • Hummingbird Books to make your hummingbird watching even more interesting.

  • Follow my hummingbird food recipe for a simple nectar. Also filled with useful tips on cleaning hummingbird feeders.

  • Plant a hummingbird-friendly garden with plants for hummingbirds. You will make the hummers happy and have a gorgeous garden. Plants that attract hummingbirds will also help the birds to find your best humming bird feeder in your garden.

  • Humming Bird Information contains lots of facts about these lovely little birds. See how much you know!

  • Best Humming Bird Feeders will give the inside info about our favourite feeders for ruby throated humming birds.

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