Hummingbird Information ... Hummingbird Extreme Metabolism and Survival and Flight Adaptions - Amazing Facts
Presently, only two hummingbird species occur naturally in Rhode Island.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris - Usually arrive in the first week of May (some in April), with males usually being the first to show up to stake out their feeding territories. Most leave toward the end of September. Males usually depart first, and females and the young follow about two weeks later.
The male has a ruby-red throat, a white collar, an emerald green back and a forked tail.
The female has a green back and tail feathers that are banded white, black and grey-green.
Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus -- Like the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, they usually arrive in April through the first week of May, with males usually being the first to show up to stake out their feeding territories. Most leave toward the end of September. Males usually depart first, and females and the young follow about two weeks later.
These hummingbirds are usually found in gardens and at feeders. These birds are fearless, and are known for chasing away other hummingbirds and even larger birds, or rodents away from their favorite nectar feeders and flowers.
Males can easily be identified by their glossy orange-red throats.
Females have whitish, speckled throats, green backs and crowns, and rufous, white-tipped tail feathers.
Note: One rare white hummingbird was reported by Tawny Beckmann on October 12, 2014 (in Wakefield).
Rufous Hummingbird versus the similar Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Identification)
If you see a hummingbird that doesn't appear to be any of the above, please e-mail comments / images to: [email protected]. Thanks!
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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