The smallest bird in Tennessee at just 3 - 3 1/2" this hummingbird has green iridescent feathers with a black throat patch that reflect as a bright ruby red in the sun.
The tiny "Ruby" is masterful at flight and movement: able to hover, fly up and down, and is the only bird with the ability to fly backward. This bird does not have a song or a chirp but rather it chatters or makes a buzzing sound to communicate. The wings make a soft humming noise, flapping 50-60 times per second (or faster during a chase).
The heart of this creature beats an increible 1260 beats per minute with breaths at 250 times per minute.
How small is it? It takes about 5 hummingbirds to equal the weight of one chickadee! No other bird is as tiny as the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.
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