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Hummingbirds in Maine

Witness three types of gorgeous hummingbirds in Maine

Ruby-throated hummingbird, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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Hummingbirds have always fascinated humans, and for a good reason. Their tiny bodies with bright feathers as well as sharp and thin beaks are a unique natural masterpiece. These birds symbolize love, joy, and peace and move so fast we can barely follow them. Maine has several types of hummingbirds, and all of them are equally gorgeous.

Types of hummingbirds in Maine

When you think about hummingbirds in Maine, you most likely imagine the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), which got its name from the ruby-red area on its neck. It’s the only nesting hummingbird type in the state. When in Maine, you may also spot other hummingbirds, like Rufous Hummingbird (or Selasphorus Rufus). And if you’re super lucky, you’ll witness Calliope Hummingbird. However, all these species are vagrants, appearing here and there occasionally. They tend to come in fall, after the ruby-throats have departed for the season, and any sightings of them are exceptional.

When do hummingbirds leave Maine

Hummingbirds typically stay in Maine from early May until early October. They usually start “packing their stuff” and leave by the end of September. This way, if you want to see lots of hummingbirds, be sure to arrive in the state before that time.

When do hummingbirds return to Maine

One of the most requested questions is “When do hummingbirds come back to Maine?”. While there isn’t an exact date to mark on your calendar, keep in mind that males usually depart one-two weeks before the rest of the flock to mark their feeding territories. Females, along with young hummingbirds, follow the “breadwinners” after a while. This way, expect to see the first birds in late April.

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Last updated: by Nataliia Chaika