Friday, 14 February 2014

Review: 'Ruby-throated Hummingbird' by Robert Sargent

Ruby-throated Hummingbird by Robert Sargent, 1999, Stackpole Books, $19.95, softbound, 85 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: good. Where we got it: borrowed it. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

This book grew, in part, out of a long-time study of hummingbirds by the author. The chapters are: General Description and Natural History; Spring Migration; Breeding; Feeding and Foraging; Social Interaction and Communication; and Fall Migration and Winter Strategies. 

This book teaches a lot about ruby-throats, including some information which may surprise the reader. For example, ruby-throated males are quite aggressive and territorial, and will even tear each other's feathers out in a fight. Predators of this tiny bird include praying manitses, certain spiders, tree climbing snakes, larger birds, and even toads and frogs.

There are some truly beautiful photographs in this book; we get to see both male and female ruby-throats in flight, chicks in a lichen-covered nest, fighting ruby-throats, and feeding ruby-throats. 

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