Bird Sounds: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Calls

April 17, 2017
Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Listen to the bird sounds of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. What may sound like a bee is the hum of a tiny bird beating its wings about 53 times a second!

(Bird sound compliments of The Macaulay Library at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.)

The Ruby-throated hummingbird migrates every spring the North America, traveling amazing distances from their winter homes in Central America and Mexico. They may travel as far north as eastern Canada. Wondering when the hummingbirds will arrive in your area? See this cool map on hummingbird migration.

These jewel-colored birds prefer to feed on red or orange flowers (though it’s not necessary to color the sugar water you put in a hummingbird feeder). See how to attract the ruby-throated hummingbird.

Have you heard a Ruby-throated Hummingbird? Add your comments below. Be sure to let us know where you live or where you’ve heard this bird sound before!

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I'm living in Sorel Quebec,

I'm living in Sorel Quebec, Canada, I have about 5 or 6 of them each years coming to my half a dozen feeders, I have a cottage by the Richelieu River, with plenty of flowers and plants for them and also for the butherflies. I don't know if it is always the same one returning each year? They usually leave around August the 28 of each year depending on the climate!

I have lots of these that I

I have lots of these that I feed on a regular basis in the summer...
one day I found one laying on the patio floor & thought it was I picked it up, it came back to life so I kept it for about 2 or 3 hours then turned it loose.

I have 5 hummingbirds in my

I have 5 hummingbirds in my front yard at my feeder since the beginning of September. I have a male with a dark dark red throat, one with a bright red throat, one male with 3 red dots on his throat, and 2 females. I love to watch them its relaxing. I'm in N.W. Florida.

One time, My family got a

One time, My family got a humming bird trapped in my garage! I had to get sugar and mix it with water and it pretty much did the trick. But,I thought the whole experience was funny because I never saw a humming bird get trapped some where before!

We used to have a lot of

We used to have a lot of hummingbirds in the forest of East Texas, but since we have moved south closer to the bay area, we have not seen as many. I remember seeing a lot of hummingbirds on a vacation near Ava, Missouri several years ago.

We observed at least ten

We observed at least ten Hummingbirds at our feeders this season here in rural Dobson, North Carolina. I just noticed this page on the web today! Seems to me like the last day we observed Red-throated (and some other hummers) was about September 10, 2010. Our neighbor had about 20 that came to her feeders. Seems as if they left a couple of weeks early this year.

We still have a female Ruby

We still have a female Ruby that has a death wish. She has been chasing Cardinals from under the bird feeder (no where near her water). Goes after the bees and Goldfinch on the Butterfly bush. She even was on the ground and almost ended up a snack for one of our dachshunds. She was down in the grass, from the window I thought it was a large green bug as all I could see was her back. She flew up just as one was about to grab her.

They must be the Hummers from

They must be the Hummers from up north. Here in southeast Illinois the Males went south the 14th of Sep. (A full month earlier than last year.) It has me wondering about what kind of winter is in store for us. I have 2 females feeding on my feeder now. The last female left here last year on the 28th of Oct.

I have never seen so many

I have never seen so many Hummingbirds in my life! We live in the woods on the edge of Mark Twain National Forest in the Missouri Ozarks. At one time Monday there had to be 30 jousting over the 3 feeders on the back porch!