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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Uploaded on May 30, 2011

http://www.seedflingsrus.com 215 651 8329 Although there are sixteen species of hummingbirds in the United States., the only one in our Eastern PA neck of the woods. It is the ruby-throated hummingbird. Our hummingbird is only three to four inches long and weighs less than two tenths of an ounce. The male has a vivid red throat, white belly, iridescent green back and a forked tail. The female lacks the red throat and has a blunt tail. Both have an ultra-long beak with a tongue to match, which is perfect for sipping nectar.

This tiny bird is truly unique. When in flight, a hummingbird's heart beats 1200 times per minute. Their little wings beat 22 - 78 times per second. Hummers can fly about 25 to 30 miles per hour. What an high metabolism they must have to support that kind of activity! No wonder they're always sipping sugary nectar.

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