The Ruby-throated hummingbird is a small, brilliantly iridescent bird that weighs less than a nickel! Despite their small size, the males of this species are fierce, aggressively defending their territories with impressive aerial feats.
Ruby-throated hummingbirds spend their winters in Central America and cross the Gulf of Mexico to get there. Crossing the Gulf is an incredible non-stop journey of over 1000 km that can take up to 20 hours. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only hummingbirds that are normally seen outside of the mountain regions in Alberta. Look for these beauties at your backyard feeder between May and August.
- Ruby-throated hummingbirds beat their wings 53 times a second
- Their resting heartrate is 250 beats/min; when active it can rise up to 1200 beats/min
- Hummingbird eggs are smaller than a jellybean
- Hummingbirds must consume approximately half their weight in sugar daily
- Hummingbirds can hover
If you find an injured or orphaned wild bird or animal in distress, please contact the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society hotline at 403-239-2488, for tips, instructions and advice, or look at the website at www.calgarywildlife.org for more information.