Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I have had a couple juvenile male hummingbirds come to the feeder at times. The full iridescent gorget doesn't develop until the second year.
These juvenile males can be recognized, however, by a red dot on their throat as well as the pattern of line-like feathers surrounding the dot.
Juvenile males will also have white tips on the outer tail feathers like a female, but once they attain adult plumage, these feathers will be black.
As with the adult gorget, if the bird turns away from the light, the area can appear to be black rather than the ruby red for which they are known.