Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Oklahoma's Summer Jewels
Nesting and Breeding
After arriving in Oklahoma, ruby-throats quickly mate and construct a nest, usually
in mid-April. Their cup-shaped nests are not much larger than a walnut half and
are made of spider webs, plant down and lichens. Nests are built 10-20 feet above
ground, often in a fork of a downward-sloping branch.
The female lays two white eggs about the size of navy beans, usually one day
apart. The young hatch in 14-16 days and are ready to leave the nest about 21
days later. Sometimes two or even three broods are produced in a season.
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