JoanhodgesAugust 10, 2014

Here in east central Georgia, we have a female ruby-throat coming to our feeder who looks like she's wearing a white cap. Has anyone else seen something similar, and if so, is this some sort of genetic anomaly?

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mehitabel(z6 MO)

Joan, on p. 46 of *Wild Bird Guides: RubyThroated Hummingbird* by Robert Sargent, there's a picture of a female with a patch of white on the top of her head. Not a cap exactly, but a noticeable white patch like a little yarmulka.

My guess is it's just a normal variation, even tho not too common.

You're lucky to have such a distinctive marking so you can esaily recognize her :)

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 10:02PM
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Thanks, Mehitabel! A yarmulke more aptly describes her "cap." I will have to check out the suggested photo. Appreciate the tip....we so enjoy her visits to our feeder!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:37PM
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