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  • ISBN: 9780292760479
  • ISBN10: 0292760477

The Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

by June Osborne

  • List Price: $17.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/1998
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Description: There is no mistaking a hummingbird. Even people who hardly know a robin from a sparrow recognize that flash of iridescent feathers and the distinctive hovering flight. So popular have "hummers" become that even casual birdwatchers now travel great distances to hummingbird hot spots to see masses of birds in their annual migrations.

In this invitingly written book, June Osborne paints a fully detailed portrait of perhaps the best-known hummingbird in the United States, the rubythroat. Drawing from her own birdwatching experiences, she offers an "up close and personal" look at a female rubythroat building her nest and rearing young, as well as an account of a day in the life of a male rubythroat and stories of the hummers' migrations between their summer breeding grounds in the United States and Canada and their winter homes the Mexico and Central America.

In addition to this life history, Osborne recounts early hummingbird sightings and tells how the bird received its common and scientific names. After an overview of hummingbirds' distinctive ways of feeding, flying, and conserving energy, she offers a detailed description of the rubyhroat that will help you tell females from males, immature birds from adults, and rubythroats from similar species. Osborne also takes you on a visit to the "Hummer/Bird Celebration" at Rockport, reviews hummingbird banding programs, and explains how to attract hummingbirds to your yard or apartment balcony.

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