Common Name: Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris
Range in North America: Summer breeder in the eastern and central United States and the southern edge of eastern and central Canada.
The ruby-throated hummingbird is one of the most common hummingbirds in North America and it is the only one seen regularly in the east, though vagrants of other species may appear at any time. The males are aptly named for their vibrant red gorget, set off by a contrasting white collar on the throat. Females are much plainer but share the iridescent green upperparts and white underparts.
These hummingbirds regularly visit nectar feeders and are easily found in backyards as well as suburban and urban parks and gardens, particularly where nectar-rich flowers are planted.
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