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Lots of power in a little package

September 4, 2010
By GARRY BRANDENBURG

The RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (Archilochus colubris) is the only hummingbird we are likely to see in the eastern half of the United States. A few other straggler species occasionally show up out of their normal range, but it is the Ruby-throat that delights us with its buzzing sounds and aerobatic antics around the flower garden. For Midwesterners, the iridescent gorget (throat) will show up well if the sunlight strikes it correctly. The tail of a male hummingbird does not have white tips. Female hummer tail feathers do have white tips.

 
 

 

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