How to Sex a Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Lesson 1

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Here’s lookin’ at you, Kid!

Yes, you read correctly.  That’s the terminology. 

In my last post I posed a question whether the bird pictured (photo repeated here) was a male or female Ruby-throated Hummingbird. 

So, my junior hummingbird spies, get ready for some lessons on how to tell. 

You don’t have to take notes – the lessons will remain posted for you here. 

No, no quiz at the end.  🙂

Today’s lesson will be about the Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s tail.  (We’ll use the convention RTHU to shorten things up.) 

Female RTHUs have white tips on their tails.  Male RTHU tails are entirely black. 

So then this is a photo of a female RTHU, correct? 

Not so fast ….

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