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Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lokta Card


  • Our images are set in a frame on this beautiful, handmade paper from the Nepalese Lokta shrub.
  • This tree-free paper is both environmentally friendly and sustainably harvested.
  • Each card comes with an envelope and is packaged individually in 100% biodegradable cellophane sleeve.
  • Cards are blank on the inside for your message.
  • Back of card has educational story, shown below in description.


The ruby-throated hummingbird is about 3 1/2 inches long and weighs but a fraction of an ounce: the male is slightly smaller than the female and has a brilliant, iridescent red throat. The dazzling coloration derives from feather structure rather than pigmentation, and is noticeable only at certain orientations.

Hummers are delightfully quick and graceful. Their unique wing structure makes them extremely maneuverable and allows them to hover motionless or reverse direction. Their rapid wingbeat (over 3,000/minute) produces a humming sound for which the family is named. Females construct the small, beautifully intricate nest using such materials as lichens for camouflage, spider webs for reinforcement, and fine down for lining.

Hummingbirds are very playful and delight in their freedom. They teach us to find the miracle of joy in our own life and to hum it out to the world.

artwork and text by Steve Sierigk © 2003