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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How long Ruby-throated Hummingbirds live

It is thought that Ruby-throated Hummingbirds live as long as 12 years, but the average is probably 3-5 years. If hummingbirds can make it through their first year, their life expectancy goes up dramatically. A female’s average a life expectancy is 7 years or more while males rarely survive past 5 years of age.

One of the oldest known Ruby-throats to be banded was 9 years and 1 month when she was recaptured and re-released during banding operations in Jackson County, Michigan.

It is astounding when you realize that hummingbirds have heart rates up to 1260 beats/minute and a breathing rate about 250 breaths/minute, and fly thousands of miles from nesting in Michigan to wintering in Mexico and Central America!

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