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There are four photos on this page:

1. Nestling Ruby-Throated Hummingbird,
in typical nest made of lichens and spiderwebs.

Nestling Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, in nest.

2. Fledgling Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

Fledgling Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

3. Fledgling Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
that has recovered from an injury
(side view)

Fledgling Ruby-Throated Hummingbird that has recovered from an injury (side view).

4. Adult Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
with a bandaged wing

Adult Ruby-Throated Hummingbird with a bandaged wing.

Hummingbirds are the jewels of the bird world, thought by some to be related to Swifts. They eat nectar and tiny insects and must feed almost constantly in order to stay alive. Hummingbirds are able to slow their metabolism and lower their body temperature ("torpidity") at night or when food is scarce. These birds are fiercely territorial and known for spectacular aerial displays. The female alone builds the nest and raises the young. In spring and fall these tiny birds migrate nonstop across The Gulf of Mexico -- 600 miles of water! Despite their small size, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are fearless and have an outgoing temperament.

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All photographs by Walter S. Bezaniuk. Most illustrations by Kathleen Frisbie.
Site design and some illustrations by Sara.