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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Photos © Julia Flanagan, Suburban Backyard, Bristow, Virginia

Video © Steve Kelsch, Suburban backyard, Woodbridge, VA; June 2011

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Archilochus colubris

The ruby-throated hummingbird is a welcome visitor to the suburban garden and can be easily attracted with a feeder or with native nectar plants, like cardinal flower and trumpet vine.

In return for nectar, the hummer often serves as a pollinator carrying pollen on it’s bill and head from plant to plant. To maintain their extremely high metabolism, they must feed frequently.

At night they may feed on a reserve of food stored in their crop, and reduce their metabolism through a process called ‘torpor’. View the video below for a look at newborn hummingbirds...