We are lucky enough to have 7 species of hummingbird that make Ohio their home. Hummingbirds are wonderful birds that are amazing to watch and listen to. Below are the 7 hummingbirds in Ohio.
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD (HUMMINGBIRDS IN OHIO)
The Rufous Hummingbird is a very lovely looking bird and it is also quite easy to tell the difference between the male and female.
The males are a lovely bright orange and have a small white patch on their throat. Some males also have a green streak on their body as well. Females are not as bright as males and are quite a bit duller. Females have a brown coat that also has a streak of orange on it. Instead of having a white patch on their throat, it is orange.
These Hummingbirds are around the 8cm mark and have a wingspan of 10cm. They like to call Ohio home due to Ohio's fantastic countryside and habitat. These birds are quite common at lower levels and higher levels as well. They are also a friend to humans as their favorite snack is bugs.
Although some of these hummingbirds like to call Ohio home, they also migrate as well. In the winter months, they will head south to the Gulf of Mexico. In the summer months, they tend to stay around the Northern parts of the United States and they also like to venture into Canada as well.
BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD (HUMMINGBIRDS IN OHIO)
The male and female black-chinned are the same species, believe it or not!
The males have a stunning purple collar with a black head. The body is very interesting as they have a mix of various colors. Some of these colors are brown, gray, white, and a tinge of green and red. The female is a very colorful green and has brown-tipped wings and a gray front.
These hummingbirds are around the 10cm mark and they have a wingspan of 10-12cm. These hummingbirds can be found in various parts of the United States and the West Coast is a particular favorite haunt for them. Having said that, they love Ohio and they call this state their home as well.
They can be found in various parks, bogs, and gardens. They love to take a drink of water from feeders, and their favorite food is spiders and other various small insects.
MEXICAN VIOLETEAR HUMMINGBIRD (HUMMINGBIRDS IN OHIO)
The male and female Mexican Violetear Hummingbirds have got the same coloring, so sometimes it can be quite difficult to tell them apart. Their coats are quite spectacular with an amazing green covering, and a purple stomach, and also some individuals have a purple throat as well.
They also have a stunning violet marking along the eyes as well and on the tip of the wings, they have a very dark brown as well. This species of Hummingbird is the larger size of the Hummingbirds with a body length of around 12cm and a wingspan of the same measurement as well.
Naturally, these birds can be found in Mexico and the United States. These birds do prefer it when the environment is sub-tropical, so they can be found in Ohio when it is the summertime. These hummingbirds prefer to live off nectar, but they will also eat a variety of insects as well if they need to.
THIS FAMILY WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SPOT A RARE ALBINO RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD IN THEIR NORTHEAST OHIO BACKYARD:
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD (HUMMINGBIRDS IN OHIO)
It is easy to tell the difference between male and female Calliope hummingbirds. The males have streaks of magenta that run down from the throat and its body is quite light as well. Some individuals have white bodies and some have light brown. The female is very pretty with a green back, tinged with bronze and they also have a peach-colored chest as well.
These hummingbirds are the smallest species of hummingbird in the entire North American continent. The body only measures around 8cm and they have a wingspan of 10-11cm.
This species of hummingbird do normally tend to be found down the entire west coast of the continent. Whilst they are not seen in Ohio too much, they can be found in the state, especially if the winds and weather encourage them to come this way. In the summertime, they can be found in back gardens taking a drink of water. They enjoy eating insects and nectar.
ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD (HUMMINGBIRDS IN OHIO)
The Allen's hummingbird is a sight to see and a real treat as their colors are simply stunning. The males have fantastic orange and rust coloring and a bright multicolored throat. The females are not quite as bright as the males, but they are no less stunning. They are more of a rusty-looking color, however, they also have green mixed in with the feathers of their wings. These hummingbirds are quite small with a body of 9cm and a wingspan of 11cm.
These birds tend to live in California and Mexico, but they do like to travel to other parts of the United States as well. Whilst it is rare that they visit Ohio, you may well be lucky enough to see one if you look hard enough. The best time to see these beauties in our state will be in the summertime.
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (HUMMINGBIRDS IN OHIO)
The ruby-throated males and females can be quite difficult to tell apart, this is due to the fact that both have a wonderful green coat and a very bright, white belly. They also have bright green backs and crowns on their heads.
The males also have a dark red throat, whereas the females tend not to have this, so in the right conditions (and if they play ball), you may be able to tell them apart. Another thing about this species is that both the males and females tend to be the same size at 8cm in the body and 10cm in the wingspan.
The best way of attracting these birds in Ohio is to have a garden full of flowers. These birds love collecting pollen and nectar from flowers and can spend hours doing it. These birds also enjoy the large parks and meadows that Ohio has to offer.
Another interesting fact about these wonderful birds is that they are the only hummingbirds to breed in Ohio. They tend to breed in the spring and summertime before heading south for the winter with their new offspring.
ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (HUMMINGBIRDS IN OHIO)
The male Anna's hummingbird has a magenta head and a greenish body. Some male individuals also have a grayish body as well. The female is a bit brighter than the male and they tend to have green markings on their wings and on their crowns as well. These hummingbirds are around 10cm in body with a wingspan of 12cm.
Anna's hummingbirds tend to reside in the western parts of the United States, however when the conditions are favorable to them, they do like to come over to Ohio to rest and visit before they carry on with their journey. These hummingbirds are quite handy to have around as they like to eat various bugs, plus they like nectar and tree sap as well.
Have you been lucky enough to spot any of the Hummingbirds In Ohio? We'd love to hear from you - maybe let us know where you spotted them! Your experience could help other readers who enjoy a spot of birdwatching!
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