Go Find It!

By MDC | May 1, 2024
From Xplor: May/June 2024

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are found throughout Missouri from April to October. They nest in backyards and forests. For more on this tiny but feisty bird, go to mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Fast Flapper

Hummingbirds flap their wings about 50 times a second. This makes a loud hum and helps a hummer hover like a tiny helicopter.

Sugar Rush

To keep their wings revved up, hummers must eat two or three times their weight in sugary nectar every day.

Totally Tubular

To reach deep inside tube-shaped flowers like columbine and trumpet creeper, hummers have long beaks and tongues.

Flying Gemstones

Grown-up males have a throat patch that sparkles like rubies in bright sunlight but looks black in the shadows.

Knitting a Nest

Mama hummers build tiny, cup-shaped nests. They line them with dandelion fluff and attach them to branches with spider silk.

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This Issue's Staff

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Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
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