from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a ruby gorget of feathers like metallic scales, as a humming-bird.


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  • (I like to garnish the plates with ruby-throated nasturtium blossoms from the garden ... makes it even more beautiful!)

    Neil Zevnik: Preventive Noshing: Five Favorite Foods

  • The ruby-throated hummingbird prepares for its annual 800km non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico, by an intense pre-flight eating binge which increases its body weight by about 50%.

    Did you know? Mexico is home to more than fifty hummingbird species

  • And I passed what I took at a glance to be a large species of white-backed dragonfly hovering over some flowers that it dawned on me later could have been a ruby-throated hummingbird.

    One for the birds

  • Tracy, I saw your photograph of the ruby-throated hummingbird!!

    Scenes of Home

  • And unlike in the East, with its single hummingbird species, the ruby-throated, the San Francisco Bay Area hosts four hummingbird species.


  • Once Mary Birney, a former pharmacy technician with University of Pennsylvania, treated an adult ruby-throated hummingbird who had been trapped in a garage and gotten stuck in spilled polyurethane.


  • Of the 20-odd bird species present in mature forest, the most common are the pine warbler, cardinal, summer tanager, Carolina wren, ruby-throated hummingbird, blue jay, hooded warbler, eastern towhee, and tufted titmouse.

    Southeastern Mixed Forest Province (Bailey)

  • No more than ten feet from where we stood, a ruby-throated hummingbird emerged and hovered in front of our native firebush plant, jockeying back and forth with the gusts of wind to get nectar from the swaying plant.

    Count Your Blessings

  • Archilochus colubris – ruby-throated hummingbird killing yellowjacket Vespula squamosa.

    Archilochus colubris - The Panda's Thumb

  • Archilochus colubris by Darren Garrison — ruby-throated hummingbird killing yellowjacket Vespula squamosa.

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