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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Wins 'Tournament of Birds'

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It was a long road in the 16-bird field, where there were some very close matchups and some blowouts along the way, but the No. 1-seeded ruby-throated hummingbird emerged as this year's champion in the "Tournament of Birds."

In the final, this tiny bird took down the much larger American kestrel by a decisive 147-86 margin through the public vote on Facebook.

This year, more than 4,000 votes were cast in all the matchups.

Here's a look at the final bracket:

There were several tough choices along the way, which many of you pointed out. There also were some surprises, such as two No. 4 seeds — the American kestrel and the American goldfinch — both knocking off their opponents in the first round.

Due to the popularity of this year's tournament, we're not done with the fun.

After the bald eagle dominated last year's bracket and the ruby-throated hummingbird did the same this year, we'll be putting the two up against each other in an ultimate "Battle of the Birds" to see which one really is the mightiest.

Voting will open up this weekend on Facebook.


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