Below is a listing of hummingbirds generally found in Maine.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Archilochus colubris – Native – Usually arrive in Maine the first week of May, with males usually being the first to show up to stake out their feeding territories. Most leave toward the end of September. Males usually depart first, and females and juveniles follow about two weeks later.
The male has a ruby-red throat, a white collar, an emerald green back and a forked tail.
The female has a green back and tail feathers that are banded white, black and grey-green.
Rufous Hummingbirds, Selasphorus rufus — Like the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, they usually arrive in Maine the first week of May, with males usually being the first to show up to stake out their feeding territories. Most leave toward the end of September. Males usually depart first, and females and the young follow about two weeks later.
These hummingbirds are usually found in gardens and at feeders. These birds are fearless, and are known for chasing away other hummingbirds and even larger birds, or rodents away from their favorite nectar feeders and flowers.
Males can easily be identified by their glossy orange-red throats.
Females have whitish, speckled throats, green backs and crowns, and rufous, white-tipped tail feathers.
Rufous Hummingbird versus the similar Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Identification)
Calliope Hummingbirds, Stellula calliope. – Accidental / Vagrant – Uncommon Winter Visitors
August 2016: White Hummingbird photographed by Judy Moody in Buxton, Maine.
October 2014: Carolyn Wronker submitted photos of a white hummingbird oberved in Jefferson, Maine.
September: 2014: Heather & Gary Ross submitted a photo of an albino hummingbird.
If you see a hummingbird that doesn’t appear to be any of the above, please e-mail comments / images to: [email protected]. Thanks!