How to Attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

How to Attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: The zipping and buzzing of a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is a cherished sight in eastern gardens across the United States. Despite its small size, this bright bird is very bold and will approach humans – and in some cases even drink nectar out of their open hands. The simplest way to attract a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird is to purchase a hummingbird feeder and then to fill it with the appropriate nectar solution (which can easily be made at home using 1 part sugar for 4 parts water – no food dye necessary). A more natural option is to plant tubular and trumpet shaped flowers (these shapes are conducive to hummingbird nectar extraction mechanics), probably the best flower option is Trumpet Honeysuckle, which is sure to attract these birds. Other flowers Hummingbirds have displayed an affinity for are: Cardinal Flower, Red Columbine, Wild Bergamot, and Bee-Balm. Keep in mind that Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds are particularly enchanted by the colors red, orange, and purple. Besides nectar, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds will also eat small insects, espcially while breeding. 

Overview

Identification:

  • Small-sized hummingbird

  • Shiny emerald-colored upperparts, whiteish underparts, only male features the ruby-red throat.

Habitat:

  • Spring/Summer (Breeding Range): Open Woodlands, Forest Edge, Backyards, Parks, Gardens - anywhere with their favorite flowers

  • Most winter in Central America, some in Southern Florida

Eating Habits:

  • Primarily nectar – especially from red/orange/purple tubular and trumpet-shaped flowers

  • Small flying insects/spiders - while breeding breeding

Nesting:

  • Deciduous trees

Top Ways to Attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Nectar Feeder     Trumpet Honeysuckle     Bee Balm     Cardinal Flower     The Color Red

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Crabapple (Nectar)    Flowering Dogwood (Nectar)    Hornbeam (Nesting)     Oak (Nesting)     Tulip-Poplar (Nectar)

Flowers & Vines that Attract Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Bee Balm (Nectar)     Blue Flag Iris (Nectar)     Blue Wild Indigo (Nectar)     Cardinal Flower (Nectar)     Field Thistle (Nectar)     Foxglove Beardtongue (Nectar)       Great Blue Lobelia (Nectar)    Jewelweed (Nectar)     Milkweed (Nectar)     Purple Coneflower (Nectar)     Red Columbine (Nectar)     Sunflower (Nectar)     Trumpet Creeper (Nectar)     Trumpet Honeysuckle (Nectar)     Virginia Blue Bells (Nectar)     Wild Bleeding Heart (Nectar)

Attracting Ruby-Throated Hummingbird with a Bird Feeder

Feeder Type:    Nectar Feeder

Feed:    Nectar