The species is sexually dimorphic. The adult male has a gorget (throat patch) of iridescent ruby red bordered narrowly with velvety black on the upper margin and a forked black tail with a faint violet sheen. The red iridescence is highly directional and appears dull black from many angles. The female has a notched tail with outer feathers banded in green, black, and white and a white throat that may be plain or lightly marked with dusky streaks or stipples. Males are smaller than females and have slightly shorter bills. Juvenile males resemble adult females, though usually with heavier throat markings. The plumage is molted once a year on the wintering grounds, beginning in early fall and ending by late winter.
Beautiful shots, HJ, I see the female’s tongue ready to drink and the male is gorgeous!
Thank you very much, Donna. 🙂
Thanks so much, Indira. 🙂
What a spectacular bird, HJ!
They are! Their weight is approx. 5 grams, really tiny. Thank you, Chris. 🙂
That is so tiny! I never realised.