Ruby-throated Hummingbird: March Photo of the Month
The legs of a ruby-throated hummingbird are too short for it to walk or hop, but it can shuffle along a perch. When it comes time to scratch its head or neck, the hummingbird raises its foot over its wing to scratch.
The hummingbirds show preference to feeder locations but not to feeder colours. They also catch insects in flight, pluck them from leaves, and pluck spiders from their webs. Hummingbirds extract the nectar by inserting their long, extensible, tubular tongue into the flower’s honey wells, or in larger flowers. It pierces the neck of the blossom to extract the drop of nectar. Brightly coloured flowers (red or orange) that show up well in dark shady places are more attractive to hummingbirds.