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Nature Cam Archive from the Carolina Blue Ridge


Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
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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.