Hummingbirds

Hummingbird Behavior – Feeding, Foraging, and Reader Observations

The Avian Nectar Feeders When the words “nectar feeder” come to mind, most people envision hummingbirds gracefully flitting around flowers in a bed or on a shrub. But that is not the whole story. In various parts of the world one can find other kinds of birds that enjoy a sip of nectar or a …

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Hummingbirds at a backyard feeder. Photo by Whilma D'Souza.

An Introduction to Hummingbirds

General Info The hummingbird family, Trochilidae, occurs only in the Western Hemisphere, where it is second only to the tyrant flycatchers in number of species. The 328 hummingbird species presently recognized are considerably more diverse in size, color patterns, and lifestyle than are the 20-plus hummer species recorded in North America north of Mexico. Ornithologists …

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