Blue-throated Hummingbird Facts

  • The Blue-throated Hummingbird is quite unique among most North American hummingbirds, because the Blue-throated Hummingbird does not have an aerial display. Instead, the male uses several different vocalizations to defend its territory and attract mates.
  • The female Blue-throated Hummingbird gives a special call that appears to indicate that she is ready to mate. It is the female of this species that makes a series of short flights that appear to be a display to the male before copulation.
  • The Blue-throated Hummingbird is the largest North American hummingbird species, and thus the Blue-throated Hummingbird beats its wings about half as fast as the smaller species. It beats it wings 23 times a second while hovering.
  • The Blue-throated Hummingbird is about three times heavier than the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

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