The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is 7–9 cm long with an 8–11 cm wingspan, and weighs about 3 g. Adults are metallic green above and greyish white below, with near-black wings. Their bill is long, straight and very slender.
The adult male has a ruby red throat patch which may appear black in some lighting, and a dark forked tail. The female has a dark rounded tail with white tips and generally no throat patch, though she may sometimes have a light or whitish throat patch.
The male is smaller than the female, and has a slightly shorter beak. A molt of feathers occurs once per annum, and begins during the autumn migration.
Taken in my yard on 7-17-10 in Amherst, Virginia, USA. with my Canon Powershot SX110 IS – Best viewed large

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Comments

  • Forrest  Ray
    Forrest Rayover 4 years ago

    good capture.

  • Thanks so much Forrest!

    – Ginny York

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoover 4 years ago

    Beautiful little creature, great shot :)

  • They really are quite beautiful. Thanks so much!

    – Ginny York

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    Ginny, this is wonderful!

  • Thanks so much Dana!

    – Ginny York

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago

    A lovely capture!!!!

  • Thanks Lori!

    – Ginny York

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Ginny.

  • Thanks Mariana! These guys are cute. :))

    – Ginny York

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenover 4 years ago

    How lovely to have this visitor to your garden Ginny – great capture!

  • Thanks Louise. I have 2 bird feeders for them and there are about 10 of them!!

    – Ginny York

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Judy. I truly appreciate this feature. :))

    – Ginny York

  • Linda Miller Gesualdo
    Linda Miller G...over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot Ginny :-)

  • Thanks so much Linda! I was lucky he landed on the fence for a second or two. :)) Thanks for adding him to your favs.

    – Ginny York

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieover 4 years ago

    beautiful hummingbird….. what a great shot of him being still amazing!

  • Thanks so much Gabbie. They aren’t still for very long! :))

    – Ginny York

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

    Oh wow Ginny !! this is fantastic, wonderful clarity of your subject, color and light !!! So very well done ! Congrats on being featured !!

  • Thanks Gisela! I rode the lawnmower over to the area where the feeder is and sat there and waited. I got about 6 shots of this guy. Although, there are about 10 that come all together now. :))
    It was a good time and spot for the lighting. Thanks!

    – Ginny York

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