September 13, 2015 – Ruby-topaz Hummingbird (Chrysolampis mosquitus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These small hummingbirds are found in parts of northern and eastern South America and the Caribbean. They eat nectar from flowering shrubs, crops, cacti, and trees, as well as some small insects. Females lay one to three eggs in cup-shaped nests they build from materials including plant fibers, moss, lichen, bark, animal hair, and spiderwebs, usually in forked branches. As in other hummingbird species, the males do not assist with nest building, incubation, or caring for the chicks.