ruby-throated hummingbird


ru·​by-throat·​ed hummingbird ˈrü-bē-ˌthrō-təd- How to pronounce ruby-throated hummingbird (audio)
: a hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) of eastern North America having a bright metallic green back, whitish underparts, and in the adult male a red throat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Journey North has published nine papers based on the monarch butterfly, and one on the ruby-throated hummingbird. Ian Vorster, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2015 And sorry, but your metabolism will never match that of the ruby-throated hummingbird, which has the highest metabolic rate of any vertebrate when active. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2017 Hampshire County: two cackling geese at the campus pond at UMass in Amherst, six American golden-plovers, a ruby-throated hummingbird, two dickcissels, and a Nelson’s sparrow in Northampton’s East Meadows. Maria Elena Little Endara,, 1 Oct. 2022 But the bright colors and startling speed of a ruby-throated hummingbird stunned her all the same. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, 3 June 2022 Many bird species, such as the ruby-throated hummingbird, use bits of lichen to construct nests. Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 15 Feb. 2022 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., 17 June 2021 But only one, the ruby-throated hummingbird, breeds in the eastern United States, including Massachusetts., 17 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ruby-throated hummingbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

ruby-throated hummingbird

ru·​by-throat·​ed hummingbird
: a hummingbird of eastern North America that has a bright shiny green back, whitish underparts, and in the adult male a shiny red throat

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