The Ruby-throated Hummingbird

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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There is no mistaking a hummingbird. Even people who hardly know a robin from a sparrow recognize that flash of iridescent feathers and the distinctive hovering flight. So popular have qhummersq become that even casual birdwatchers now travel great distances to hummingbird hot spots to see masses of birds in their annual migrations. In this invitingly written book, June Osborne paints a fully detailed portrait of perhaps the best-known hummingbird in the United States, the ruby-throat. Drawing from her own birdwatching experiences, she offers an qup close and personalq look at a female ruby-throat building her nest and rearing young, as well as an account of a day in the life of a male ruby-throat and stories of the hummers' migrations between their summer breeding grounds in the United States and Canada and their winter homes in Mexico and Central America. In addition to this life history, Osborne recounts early hummingbird sightings and tells how the bird received its common and scientific names. After an overview of hummingbirds' distinctive ways of feeding, flying, and conserving energy, she offers a detailed description of the ruby-throat that will help you tell females from males, immature birds from adults, and ruby-throats from similar species. Osborne also takes you on a visit to the qHummer/Bird Celebration!q at Rockport, reviews hummingbird banding programs, and explains how to attract hummingbirds to your yard or apartment balcony.If humans hadthe same weightspecific metabolic rate as a hummingbird, their temperaturemightreach 750AdF, andthey would need to consume about155, 000 calories anddrink 100 gallons of water every day. Ifa normal mana#39;s energy output anbsp;...

Title:The Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Author:June Osborne
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-07-22


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