Popular North American Wild Birds - Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird - Salasphorus rufus

Anna's Hummingbird - Calypte anna

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Archilochus colubris

Habitat

Hummingbirds live in open woodlands, at the edge of forests, meadows, grasslands, parks, gardens and backyards.

Feeding Habits in the Wild

Many people think hummingbirds eat only the nectar of flowers. While they can visit over 1,000 different flowers a day in search of nectar, they also eat a variety of insects including ants, mosquitoes, aphids, gnats, midges, caterpillars, flying ants, weevils, small beetles, whiteflies and even insect eggs. Hummingbirds also eat tree sap and will often eat from the holes that Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have drilled in the trees.

Preferred Feeder Types

Hummingbird Feeders filled with Nectar

Species Facts

Hummingbirds need a lot of energy because they can beat their wings faster than any other bird. Their wings beat at an astonishing rate of up to 200 beats per second! Hummingbirds have a very fast metabolism and their heart beats at over 1,200 beats per minute.

Preferred Food at the Feeder

Nectar

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