What is a Ruby Throated Hummingbird?
This is the most common type of hummingbird. The males are easily recognized by the patch of red on their throat. They are common in the east but not the west. They migrate to the south in the winter.
The Ruby-throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird to breed East of the Mississippi River. However, the Rufous hummingbird is a migrant (meaning that it occasionally) ventures out of its territory. So the Rufous has been spotted in Pennsylvania rarely. The Ruby-throated hummingbird is easy to identify. The iridescent feathers on the neck(gorget) of the male Ruby-throated are ruby colored in sunlight.
According to the Redlist, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are not endangered or threatened. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are native to the Americas and Canada. They spend their summer in the eastern half of the US and extreme southern Canada, migrate down into Central America and winter in South America. If you live in the western half of the US or northern Canada, Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitings are probably rare. To see the Redlist, see the Related Links.