Male Rufous and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds for comparison

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The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is the most common species in the south east. Occasionally a Rufous will be spotted.

Mature Male Rufous. Note that the gorget will range in color from red-orange to coppery to golden. Look for the copper colors on the body and the tail.

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Mature Male Ruby-throated

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Look closely at the gorget because it looks different depending on how the light is reflected from it as shown in these photos of a mature male Ruby-throated.

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Jerry
 

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