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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Archilochus
Species: colubris


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Albertville, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Windsor, Connecticut
Wilmington, Delaware
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cocoa, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Micanopy, Florida
Milton, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Palatka, Florida
Quincy, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Webster, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Hazlehurst, Georgia
Algonquin, Illinois
Aurora, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Morton, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Westchester, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
New Palestine, Indiana
Schererville, Indiana
Indianola, Iowa
Yale, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Waynesburg, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ethel, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Pearl River, Louisiana
Dixfield, Maine
Kingfield, Maine
Bishopville, Maryland
Olney, Maryland
Harwich Port, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Mattawan, Michigan
Paw Paw, Michigan
Remus, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Crosslake, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Maben, Mississippi
Marietta, Mississippi
Tupelo, Mississippi
Cole Camp, Missouri
Conway, Missouri
Jackson, Missouri
Saint Robert, Missouri
Beatrice, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
Atkinson, New Hampshire
Warner, New Hampshire
Beachwood, New Jersey
Marlton, New Jersey
Woodstown, New Jersey
Croton On Hudson, New York
Himrod, New York
Livingston Manor, New York
Schenectady, New York
Staten Island, New York
Yonkers, New York
Beulaville, North Carolina
Cary, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Gates, North Carolina
Swansboro, North Carolina
Trinity, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Dickinson, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio (2 reports)
Hamilton, Ohio
Lebanon, Ohio
Mansfield, Ohio
Mount Orab, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Oak Harbor, Ohio
Sandusky, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Mill City, Oregon
Albion, Pennsylvania
Davidsville, Pennsylvania
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Warwick, Rhode Island
Camden, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Georgetown, South Carolina
Lancaster, South Carolina
Salem, South Carolina
Starr, South Carolina
La Follette, Tennessee
Maryville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Newport, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Belton, Texas
Cedar Creek, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Edinburg, Texas (2 reports)
Fort Worth, Texas (3 reports)
Houston, Texas
Iowa Park, Texas
Knippa, Texas
Magnolia, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Mission, Texas
Portland, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
Rosenberg, Texas
Sheridan, Texas
Texas City, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Brattleboro, Vermont
Ashburn, Virginia
Basye, Virginia
Edinburg, Virginia
Penhook, Virginia
Rocky Mount, Virginia
Walkerton, Virginia
Cathan, Washington
Petersburg, West Virginia
Iron River, Wisconsin
Pulaski, Wisconsin
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Members' Notes:


On Jul 18, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

I've seen this wonderful, quick little bird since youth at hummingbird feeders or at flowers. I remember one male feeding from the Scarlet Sage annuals planted in front of my parent's house in northeast Illinois. A female absolutely loves my annual flower called Black & Blue Sage or Anice-scented Sage, Salvia guarantica, I plant here in southeast Pennsylvania. They breed in the North in summer and then migrate way south in the winter.


On Jun 17, 2015, bluesox from Humble, TX wrote:

In Zone 9A, they seem to like:

Lonicera sempervirens var. Major Wheeler (Coral honeysuckle)
Tecomaria capensis (Cape honesuckle)
Hamelia patens (Hummingbird bush or Firebush)
Kniphofia uvaria (Red hot poker or Torch lily)
Cuphea ignea var. David Verity (Cigar plant)
Justicia spicigera (Mexican honeysuckle)
Russelia equisetifolia (Firecracker plant)
Tithonia rotundifolia (Mexican sunflower)
Penta lanceolata (Pentas)
Zinnia elegans (Zinnias)

They also like to pick tiny insects off Quercus virginiana (Live oak) and Helianthus maximilliani (Maximillian's sunflower)

Tiny flying insects are an important part of their diet and spider webs are an essential nest-building element.
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On May 1, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The Aztecs' war god was represented in their art by a hummingbird, and after observing their behavior in a small densely planted garden I see why. Very pugnacious.

They're easy to attract with the right plants: tubular flowers in red or orange.

If you use a feeder, the syrup can spoil in as little as two days. Do the birds a favor and don't put one up unless you're prepared to keep it healthful through a rigorous cleaning routine.


On Sep 10, 2012, FlyGalsMom from Staten Island, New York City, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

We have at least 7 hummers having WWll dog fights over our feeders~ I don't know if there is more than 1 male since I only see one at a time but he is highly aggressive and sits in the branches where he can see several feeders @ once and zooms in when the others DARE to land on the feeder perches~I am assuming the rest are females and youngsters~ one has white on it's forehead, which I have not noticed in previous summers~ I put out more feeders to try and stop the male from being so selfish~ so now we have 2 on the west side of the house~2 on the east of the house and two in our backyard and four on each corner of our backyard deck~ I was hoping one for each bird would encourage them to live and let live LOL~ but that "boy" is indeed a handful. ;)


On Aug 17, 2012, Chillybean from (Zone 5a) wrote:

So? Should I give them a negative rating for all that silly fighting they do? Nah. They are a cute little bird to have around, but it would be nice to have more than one at a time at the feeder.

The first time I heard one it about startled me out of my wits. I thought it was a monster wasp until I actually saw who it was.

We saw both male and female earlier in the year and now we have seen a juvenile male.


On Oct 11, 2010, Goombarok from Newport, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Sniff, sniff. Oct. 7 was the last day for our hummers. We'll have to wait until April, I'm afraid, to see them again. Newport TN, 37821.


On Jul 27, 2010, jamiew from Montgomery, AL wrote:

Here in Montgomery they arrive in March and stay through November. We have between 5-10 each summer that fight each other for our 3 feeders. They zoom right over our heads in their chase. Sometimes 3 separate groups buzzing around after one another and it makes me think of WWII jet fighters. Their voices are pretty clicks, chattering at each other.


On Jun 12, 2010, SaberLily from Winchester, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Though they are most easily attracted to red, the hummingbirds in our area seem to easily find purple flowers easily. I had planted catmint for our cats, and even though they had turned up their nose at it, the hummingbirds seem to love it.

Hostas are another favorite due to their tubular flowers, though not quite as attention-grabbing.


On May 22, 2010, VaMtnDude from Basye, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

These magnificent little dynamos are the only thing that could ever motivate me to do so much hard work gardening! I've been totally fascinated by them ever since I saw my first one as a teenager, and I always spend way too much money growing flowers to attract them each summer! I don't know anything that compares with the thrill of getting to see them up close and interacting with them. (See my profile pic.)


On Nov 4, 2009, snowflakey from Ethel, LA wrote:

I've been feeding these llittle dynamos for years in several states I lived in. However, 2008 in Louisiana I thought they were off course in their migration we had so many in the fall. (Huricane Gustav had just passed over us). 2009 same thing, I had 4 feeders and filled them 2 times a day! We must be right in their southern migration path. Lasts for 2 weeks, then slows down to a10 or so and after a month they are gone again. We don't see this much activity in the spring.


On Oct 9, 2009, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love this bird. So dainty yet aggressive. I had one show up here in MO. the week before Thanksgiving in 2007. The female came to our feeder every day. She was banded while here. I have lots of flowers for them to enjoy. They come here in April and leave about the first week in October. It's always a thrill to see them come in April.


On Sep 13, 2009, Sceloporous from Lebanon, PA wrote:

I planted Lobelia cardinalis last fall...they love this plant. Had a male last July, followed by females later on. But they are territorial...will be planting more Lobelia cardinalis in a different location. Have also bought Penstemon pinifolius and Aquilegia caerulea "Red Hobbit." These plants just went into the ground last week. Will see what happens next year.


On May 22, 2009, catbird31 from Harwich Port, MA wrote:

Not having seen any listing for Ruby Throat Hummingbirds in New England I would like to add this area of the US to DG's database. We routinely feed hummers and are located on Cape Cod, MA. Although there were a few earlier sightings in our area, our first 2009 sighting was a male on May 2 with a female making an appearance a few day later. For NE and NY State info, is an excellent research-based site. Their Summer 2007 news includes photos and text of banding procedures done by certified banders. Enjoy!


On Mar 17, 2009, DonJr from Webster, FL wrote:

They eat flies, which works great for us lol. Nectar is like immediate energy for them and easy to make for the feeders ( 4:1 ratio... 1 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar ). Some say to add red food color but we've read that it doesn't really atrract them too much more and may be bad for them. We love to watch them but they do tend to bicker amongst themselves ALOT so keep feeders somewhat separated.


On Feb 12, 2009, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

had seen them feeding on beebalms


On Jan 2, 2009, rmoran from Pearl River, LA wrote:

It isn't often that you get this many at one time. They are warriors!!!


On Jan 2, 2009, DebinSC from Georgetown, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Male with red throat, female with white. Female with white tips to tail feathers. Female larger.


On Jan 1, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is by far my favorite bird!!! This is the only Hummer that can be spotted in SW Ohio. They like feeding from the following flowers.

*Salvia (ANY. They Love ALL sages!!)
* and Petunia


On Dec 31, 2008, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

These birds are a joy to watch. I am not lucky enough to have enticed them to my garden in the summer (yet). They usually arrive at the end of April for a week or so. I don't see them again until the end of August (until the beginning of October) during the fall migration.