Archilochus colubris

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Color-marked female Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris

From 27 July 1984 through the 2010 season, a total of 4,288 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (RTHU), Archilochus colubris were banded and color-marked at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History near York, South Carolina USA. Master bander Bill Hilton Jr. also has banded about 1,000 RTHU elsewhere in the U.S.

In December 2004 we expanded our research to include studies of RTHU behavior on their wintering grounds in the Neotropics. Since then we have banded nearly 1,000 more RTHU in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize. These birds have provided interesting and scientifically important information about Ruby-throated Hummingbird natural history and migration. Teachers, birders, citizen scientists, and other adults are invited to join these mid-winter hummingbird expeditions.

For details about hummingbirds, refer to the Operation RubyThroat website by clicking on the logo below.

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