ruby-throated hummingbird

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ru·​by-throat·​ed hummingbird | \ ˈrü-bē-ˌthrō-təd- How to pronounce ruby-throated hummingbird (audio) \

Definition of ruby-throated hummingbird

: a hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) of eastern North America having a bright metallic green back, whitish underparts, and in the adult male a red throat

Examples of ruby-throated hummingbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among hummingbird species, only the ruby-throated hummingbird nests east of the Rocky Mountains. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 The wings of a ruby-throated hummingbird beat about 53 times per second, according to the Cornell website. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 But only one, the ruby-throated hummingbird, breeds in the eastern United States, including Massachusetts. BostonGlobe.com, 17 June 2021 The tiny ruby-throated hummingbird that zips in to a nectar feeder in May made an epic flight across the Gulf of Mexico, covering 500 miles nonstop. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 The ruby-throated hummingbird won last year, and the American bald eagle won in the tournament’s first year. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 21 Mar. 2021 The wings of a ruby-throated hummingbird move about 55 times a second. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Mar. 2021 Hummingbird colors sparkle, from the glimmering purple crown and iridescent yellow-green throat of the male magnificent hummingbird to the brilliantly scarlet collar of the male ruby-throated hummingbird. National Geographic, 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ruby-throated hummingbird

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ruby-throated hummingbird was circa 1823

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“Ruby-throated hummingbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruby-throated%20hummingbird. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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