There are 17 different kinds of hummingbirds. Some names are Ruby-Throated hummingbird, Anna's hummingbird, Black-chinned hummingbird, Blue-throated hummingbird, and Magnificent hummingbird.
The largets hummingbird is the Giant hummingbird. The smallest is the Bee hummingbird.
Hummingbirds are very colorful. They can have blue, purple, green, brown, black, yellow, white, pink, or gray feathers. Some are iridescent. Hummingbirds have unusually long beaks. They can be black, yellow, or bright red. Hummingbirds have perching feet.
Male hummingbirds have a brightly colored throat.
Female hummingbirds do not have the brightly colored feathers in the throat.
What do hummingbirds do?
Hummingbirds live in woodlands, gardens, or orchards where they can find flowers.
Hummingbirds live in the United States, Canada, Central America, and South America.
Hummingbirds can fly right, left, up, down, backwards, and even upside down. They flap their wings about 50 times a second. They look like a blur and make a humming noise. They can fly fast or stop in one spot. They really can't walk or hop.
Hummingbirds need to eat about every 10 minutes. They mostly eat sugar which they get from flower nectar and tree sap. They can take 13 licks a second. Hummingbirds also eat insects and pollen.
Hummingbirds make low growls or high chirps.
Hummingbirds like to take sunbaths, stretching out their neck and wings. They also like to take a bath in a puddle in a leaf or on the ground. Hummingbirds also like to play in sprinklers.
Mating and babies
When looking for a mate, the male hummingbird will fly and dive in front of a female, back and forth and up and down, doing a dance.
Hummingbird nests are small, about the size of half a walnut shell. The female builds the nest with moss, spiderwebs, seeds, and lichens.
The female lays 2 small white eggs. They are about the size of a pea. The mother feeds the chicks by regurgitating.
Only the female takes care of the eggs and young.
Sometimes people will mistake sphinx moths for hummingbirds.
Hummingbirds help with pollination when they go from flower to flower.
Hummingbirds will fight to protect their territory. They will puff up their feathers and peck and scratch other birds.
Hummingbirds live about 3 years.