The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is the only hummingbird that breeds
east of the Mississippi River. Hummers are attracted to tubular red
flowers and can easily be attracted to red artificial feeders filled with
sweet liquid. They are the only birds that can fly backward as well as
hover in one spot. During courtship the male displays in a swinging,
wide arc like a pendulum. They are very territorial and aggressive and
are often observed chasing each other.
They live in suburban gardens, parks and woodlands. They breed from
southern Canada to the Gulf Coast. They winter mainly in the tropics.