The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only regularly
occuring hummingbird in the eastern United States.
The male has a brilliant red gorget (throat) that
can look black unless viewed in good light.
most hummingbirds, females and immatures have a
whitish throat, lacking the gorget of the adult
Photo by Bill Horn
hummingbirds stray to large parts of the
southern United States during fall migration. Watch
for this species at your feeder in late summer and
Most of the 20 or so species of hummingbirds found
in the U.S. are found in the Western States. Watch
for unusual species during spring migration or late
summer and fall migration.
male hummingbirds have a brilliantly colored throat
or gorget. These feathers produce the metallic-like
colors by refracting the light, not from color
pigmentation. Females and immature males have pale
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