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Yes, I observed this behavior this year.  I also have three males vying for two
females.  So, they are all doing the courtship flight to the females, and
getting chased off at the same time.  Pretty cool.

Lynn Miller
Lone Jack,MO
Jackson CO

Quoting Ken Vail <[log in to unmask]>:

> It is always fun to watch Ruby-throated Hummingbirds engage in "aerial
> dogfights."  On Monday there were 3 males vying for dibs at my feeder.  One
> chose not to enter the fray.  The other two engaged in some fierce fights
> including a behavior I have never seen before.  Engaged, they would flutter
> like a couple of leaves to the ground.  On the ground one would literally
> hold the other down for several minutes.  My grass was a little long but I
> could see one head above the grass and periodically bend down pecking at the
> other.  They did this on three different occasions.  Has anyone observed
> this behavior?
>
> Ken Vail
> Quincy, IL
> Adams Co.
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