Male or Female: Ruby-throated hummingbird chick

When the ruby-throated hummingbirds fledge it’s hard to tell if they are male or female.¬† Right after they fledge the juvenile male¬†looks just like the female.

Here’s a shot of mistaken identity. I thought for sure I had a female until I blew the picture up. You can just see the start of the “ruby” feathers on the throat.

It’s a boy!

 

Male juvenile ruby-throated hummingbird