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Nests & Eggs: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Nests & Eggs: Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These beautiful creatures that glitter like jewels are in a family by themselves because they are unique! Resources & free notebooking pages.

Plate 7: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

These beautiful creatures that glitter like jewels are in a family by themselves because they are unique!

This, the smallest bird found in the area, can be confused only with large moths such as the sphinx or hawk moths. Both the moths and hummingbirds like to feed on deep-throated flowers such as honeysuckles, petunias and trumpet-vines but the moths prefer late evening or early morning while the hummer never passes up a chance to explore such flowers with his long brush-like tongue with which he gathers nectar. This combined with small insects and spiders goes to make up his diet. Brightly colored phials filled with sugar water will attract him to your yard.

Hummingbirds are among the best fliers of the bird world and can hover, fly backward or forward or straight away, whatever meets their fancy. The male has a green back and in some lights the throat patch looks black only to flash ruby red when the bird changes position so the light is reflected. The female is duller and has white feather tips on the tail.

The female builds one of the daintiest of nests on top of some sloping branch, using lichens and spider web to attach the cup to the limb. This little nest which is only 1½ inches in diameter is not often found for it has the appearance of being only a part of the branch. Two young constitute the usual family.

Introduction to Our Bird Friends, Vol I
Additional Resources

30 Narration Ideas
At some point you might appreciate some variety.

The Bird Study sections of our free nature study series: Our Wonderful World:

Free Nature Studies: Our Wonderful World
Printables & Notebooking Pages

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Notebooking Pages
Free simple notebooking set.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Bird picture for notebook.

Hummer the Hummingbird
Corresponding print from The Burgess Bird Book.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Range Map
For notebook from Cornell.

Bird Facts Notebooking Page
One option in a more graphic organizer style that is especially nice for noting the facts and range.

Enjoy the complete series: