Meet NYC’s Wild Pollinators: Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Latin name 

Archilochus colubris


7-9 cm 

Flight season


Flower Preference

Red, orange, and pink tubular flowers


Parks, gardens, meadows, woodlands, forest edges, and grasslands

Interesting facts

Their wings beat up to 80 times per second!

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is eastern North America’s sole breeding hummingbird.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds show a slight preference for red, orange, and bright pink tubular flowers as nectar sources. Want to attract more hummingbirds? Plant purple coneflower, zinnias, Butterfly weed or milkweed and asters.


PHOTO by Linda Swentzel

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Learn more about NYC’s other Wild Pollinators HERE