SCIENTIFIC NAME: Archilochus colubris
OTHER NAMES: Common hummingbird; Ruby Throat
STATUS: Breeder. Common in spring, summer, and fall, and rare in winter in Gulf Coast regions. In other regions, common in spring, summer, and fall, and occasional in winter. Lowest Conservation Concern.
DESCRIPTION: Archilochus colubris is 3 to 3 _ inches long with a wingspread of 4 to 4 _ inches. Both sexes are metallic green above and grayish underneath. Adult males have throat feathers that appear black but flash fiery red or orange in the sunlight. Males have a tail that is slightly forked. Females have white throat patches. Their tails are not forked and have white spots on the outer corners.