Hummers in their Natural Habitat

Hummers in their Natural Habitat

by Josh

(ST. Louis, Missouri)

Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird

What do Hummingbirds eat in their natural habitat in the wild?

Do they have to eat a lot and how often do Hummers eat?

Why aren't hummers afraid of large animals?

Hi Josh

You have asked some great questions about Hummingbirds!

They are beautiful, fascinating little birds but there is a lot to know about them and sometimes it is very surprising to discover the facts about their lives.

You have asked 3 interesting questions and I will answer them in order:

    1. What do Hummingbirds eat in their natural habitat in the wild?

    Hummingbirds drink nectar from a variety of plants and feeders if available, during their entire day. They also eat little bugs for protein. It is quite handy as bugs are always crawling around plants with flowers where they get their nectar from natural sources. And sometimes the bugs on the feeders we provide will have insects small enough for them to consume too.

    2. Do they have to eat a lot and how often do Hummers eat?

    Hummers eat very frequently all day from morning till evening. They will not go much longer than ten to fifteen minutes in-between chowing down. They can visit 1000 flowers per day and eat the equivalent of half their body weight each day.

    3. Why aren't hummers afraid of large animals?

    As far as I know there is no proof that Hummingbirds are not afraid of large animals. Most Hummingbirds like the Ruby Throated Hummingbird and the Rufous Hummingbird display a great deal of fiestiness which may give the appearance of not being afraid of anything. They must protect their territory to preserve their food source and protect their young from harm so naturally this may appear quite aggressive and not afraid.

Happy birding!

More Interesting Facts on Hummer Feeders!

Attracting Hummingbirds Is not hard when you know what to do. There are ways to make attracting these beautiful little birds to your backyard easier for hours of enjoyment. Learn here.

Hummingbird Feeders Hold the "nectar of the gods" for the little creatures that hold divine character. Just as there are many types of Hummingbirds, there are many varieties of vessels to hold their nectar.

Hummingbird Food: “The Energy Drink” This mixture is a very simple syrup solution, but you need to mix it in proper proportions or risk harming these little birds.

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by: Sarah from Ohio

Thanks for the info on hummingbirds. I miss them every winter and can't wait for their return. I will use some of the things I've learned here next season.

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