Massachusetts' smallest breeding bird is also one of our most beautiful. The male Ruby-throated Hummingbird is unmistakable, with glossy green feathers above and a stunning gorget that glitters like its namesake. Even the females are easily identified, for this species is the only hummingbird that commonly appears in Massachusetts. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are favorites of backyard birders, and hummingbird feeders are a popular addition to your backyard ecosystems.
Do you have hummingbirds at a feeder or garden? Mass Audubon is collecting data for the Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and would like to know about the hummingbirds in your backyard. Help us learn more—file a hummingbird report online.