Other Species #1

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1. What other hummingbirds look like the adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird?

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The Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri), is the western U.S. counterpart of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (A. colubris). The adult male black-chin, photographed here at the Arizona-Sonoran desert Museum near Tucson, greatly resembles the adult male ruby-throat in size and appearance, except its gorget is violet instead of red. Breeding ranges of these two species do not overlap except in central Texas, but vagrant black-chins may show up in the eastern U.S. in autumn and winter. Several hummingbird species have red gorgets and are mistakenly called "ruby-throats; see Other Hummingbird Species.

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