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 ….