Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird migrates to the maritimes from as far as Panama. It is a very small creature making a very long journey so when it arrives, it arrives hungry. This showcases the importance of diversity in food sources in our forest. As a nectar drinking bird, notice its drinking-straw shaped beak, it needs early flowering plants such as American fly honeysuckle or Serviceberry. Shrubs like these are crucial to providing these adventurous birds with the nourishment they need for courtship and egg-laying.

With an incredibly fast metabolism, hummingbirds eat often during waking hours, while entering a torpid state at night to conserve energy. This can be confusing as the bird can seem sick or dead but it is an adaptation to their heightened metabolism.

These small birds can be aggressive, dive-bombing even owls if they find them roosting in their territory.