During the day they take 250 breaths per minute while resting.
breathing in a torpor state slows down and becomes irregular.
“state” conserves much needed energy to get through the long cold night
and can last for 8 to 14 hours.
Arousing from torpor can take up to an
hour for larger hummingbirds.
It can take this long for their body
temperature to slowly rise to 86 degrees Fahrenheit to enable them to
Some birds have also been observed in torpor in early spring and late fall when the nights can be very cool in northern regions.
Hummingbird Plants & Feeders
Hummingbirds are very territorial. It may become necessary to provide multiple Hummingbird feeders
in the same area, located about six feet apart. Placing feeders where
they cannot be seen from each location is also helpful. One in the front
yard and another in the backyard may be necessary.
Plant flowers and shrubs that Hummers love to frequent, then hang your feeders nearby. They will spend more time flitting from flower to flower and your feeders this way.
birds are very reliable and will return each year. Be sure to place
feeders in the same spot because the returning birds will look for them
in the exact location as last year.
There are many more pages on this site with Hummingbird Information that will help you enjoy these beautiful, fascinating little birds.
Waiting, not so patiently!
Every year I hang one feeder in front of my kitchen window. I always try to get my syrup feeders out just before the end of April so I will be sure to have “dinner on the table” when my resident Hummingbirds return.
But one year I was busy doing something in my kitchen and kept noticing movement outside the window. I didn’t look or pay much attention. Then all of sudden I discovered what was causing the commotion.
When I looked up and stood still long enough, just a couple of seconds, the answer sailed by, again and again.
I had lost track of time and sure enough it was May and my little feathered friends were back. I was pleased that they knew I was home and would answer their call!
Hummingbird habits are particularly interesting during bathing. They
will brush up against wet leaves, ruffling their feathers to dampen
them. Then sit to clean and preen their feathers.
There are no specific bird baths available for hummingbirds. This is not necessary as they do not “take a bath” like other birds do.
than wet leaves Hummingbirds also enjoy a dripper or mister placed over
a bird bath. A dripper or mister can be purchased or rigged up with a
They love to swoop back and forth under the dripping water or
through the mist. After several passes they will sit on a branch and
preen their feathers. Then start all over for another pass or five!
Have you ever watched a Hummingbird take a bath?
Enjoy watching this one!
5 Hummingbird Facts
favourite pastime for Hummers is perching for several minutes watching
the area and sometimes sitting motionless (as hard as that may be to
believe if you have never witnessed this habit). We have a dead elm in
our backyard that has a limb which sticks out from the rest. It is a
favourite spot for one of our local Hummers. Other perches from
Hummingbird information sources state they will use TV antennas or
satellite dishes, clotheslines, anything that gives them a good view of
the surrounding area.
often, about every ten minutes, for 30 to 60 seconds at one sitting.
They have split tongues which they can fold into a tube for sucking up nectar.
hummingbird will eat almost half its body weight in sugar each day. If a
man had the same metabolic rate he would have to eat 285 pounds of
hamburger a day!
Hummingbirds that live in the
same areas as Sapsuckers enjoy the banquet which these larger wild birds
make available. The holes the Sapsucker excavates offer running sap to
drink and insects to eat.
Hummingbirds are very particular about their feeders and will leave a feeder that is dirty or empty too often.
Here are pages with Hummingbird information & habitat. There is more too in the right column.
Hummingbirds is not that hard. There are ways to make attracting these
beautiful little birds to your backyard easier for hours of enjoyment. Learn
Migration is a marvel when you think about the tiniest bird on the planet,
flying thousands of miles each year and not just once but twice. How do they do
it against the wind, inclement weather and find enough food?
Mating is truly a joy to witness! Their flaming gorgets which attract mates
also wins our hearts.