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FEMALE RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD
The Ruby-Throated hummingbird is one of the most common hummingbirds seen east of the Mississippi River in North America. The male has a throat patch of iridescent ruby red. This painting is of a female, which lacks the red throat patch. They are attracted to colorful flowers, including this purple Mexican bush sage. Hummingbirds have one of the highest metabolic rates of any animal, with heart rates up to 1260 beats per minute.