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Hummingbird, Ruby throated - female (Archilochus colubris)
Photo by Gardenbunie,Florida,USA
 


Hummingbird, Ruby throated - female (Archilochus colubris)

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The Ruby throated Hummingbird breeds throughout northern eastern America and feed on the nectar of more than 30 flowers. Small insects gathered from flowers also form an important part of their diet. This tiny bird has the longest migration path of any of the hummingbirds. A 500 mile journey around the Gulf through Texas and northern Mexico to winter in Central America as far south as Panama.
In the spring the males return before the females and stake out their territories. Females build tiny cup shaped nests on tree branches and lays 2 eggs. The young chicks fledge after 3 weeks.


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