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The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is a apodiform bird of the Trochilidae family. Also known as fire-fighting.

Taxonomy: Trochilus rubricauda (Boddaert, 1783), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sometimes placed in the genus Heliodoxa, but these relationships are unclear. (Schuchmann, 2016).

Scientific Name: Its scientific name means: do (Greek) klutos = glorious; and laimos = throat; and (Latin) ruber = red; and tail = tail. ⇒ (Bird with) glorious throat and red tail

Current scientific name: Heliodoxa rubricauda (Reich, 1793).

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Features: Measures between 10.8 and 11.3 centimeters length. The male of the species weighs between 7 and 9.2 grams and the female weighs between 5.9 and 7.1 grams. (Schuchmann, 2016). It has a pronounced sexual dimorphism.

The male is predominantly green, with a reddish tail that gives it the specific epithet of rubricauda, ​​and stands out for the ruby ​​color of the chat and the sparkling green of the forehead and chest. In the shade of the forest, when it rests, it appears a black color highlighting the white post-ocular spots.

The female has a cinnamon coloration on the lower part of the body, green head and back, and also shows spots white birds behind the eyes.

Biome: Atlantic Forest.

Source: Wiki Aves.

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