Only the Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds is found in West Virginia!
Diet of Nectar and insects and lifespan 5 to 10 years, weight size about 2.0 grams and migrating thousands of miles each year.        Back  Next      Wildlife Index!
Hummingbirds vary in size from the 2 1/4 inch. They are usually seen hovering or darting (at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour) in the air, beating their wings at 50 to 90 beats per second.
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
   Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird a small colorful bird (Archilochus colubris) of eastern North America including West Virginia, having metallic-green upper plumage and, in the male, a brilliant red throat.
    During spring, ruby-throated hummingbirds breed throughout eastern North America including West Virginia and migrate south in the early fall through Texas and northern Mexico to winter in Central America the ruby-throated travel more than 1,500 miles.
    Ruby-throated hummingbird constant feeding on a variety of brightly-colored plants especially red flowers plants, in addition to plants, small insects on foliage and in flight. Ruby-throated hummingbird consume about one-half of their body weight in food each day. At times, Praying Mantis capture the ruby-throated hummingbird and feed on them!

Nests are small cup of plant fibers, number of broods one, sometimes two, and fledging period about 22 days (ready to fly).
   Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
Broad-tailed hummingbird, Selasphorus Platycercus, is a western United States and central Mexico species and the scuttle butt that I have been told was the western broad-tailed hummingbird occasionally wanders eastward. If you think you have seen a broad-tailed hummingbird, in West Virginia, you are not alone.
Broad-Tailed Hummingbird
Hummingbirds are most attracted to red flowers.
   Broad-Tailed Hummingbird

Hummingbirds any of numerous New World birds,with a long, slender bill, of the family Trochilidae, usually very small and colorful bird, having brilliant, iridescent plumage, and wings capable of beating about 50 to 90 times per second., thereby enabling the bird to hover and the only birds capable of flying backwards.

                  Hummingbird at night they lapse into a state of mental or physical inactivity similar to hibernation (to be in an inactive or dormant state at night.)
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Ruby-throated hummingbird's is among the smallest of North American hummingbirds and they seem to be found almost everywhere, through most of West Virginia, cities, suburbs, farm lands, woodlands, as well as riverbanks, wetlands, wilderness areas. Diet of nectar and insects and lifespan 5 to 10 years. Breeding season is March through July, number of broods one, sometimes two, eggs two per clutch, incubation 16 days and fledging period about 22 days (ready to fly).
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