Hummingbirds Hummingbird Migration Maps Journey North for Kids Hummingbird  Resources Report Your Sightings! Hummingbird Home Page Journey North Home Journey North Home Hummingbird Migration News Hummingbird Facts
Hummingbird Facts

Hummingbirds are found only in the Americas and the Western Hemisphere.

Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in North America. The average Ruby-throated hummingbird weighs about 3 grams and typically eats its weight in nectar each day.

When perched, a Ruby-throated hummingbird is about 3 inches (7.5 cm) long from bill tip to tail tip. The bill makes up about one-fifth of a hummer's length.

Hummingbirds live about four years. To date, the oldest known Ruby-throated Hummingbird lived 9 years and 1 month.

Hummingbirds can hover or fly up, down, forward and backward!

The stiffness of flight feathers makes a humming sound when the wings beat fast enough.

Baby hummingbirds can't fly. These tiny birds are full grown when they leave the nest.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on phloxImage: Don Severson

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Archilochus colubris

Animal kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Archilochus
Species: colubris


Journey North Home Page   Facebook Pinterest Twitter   Annenberg Media Home Page
Copyright 1997-2017 Journey North. All Rights Reserved.   Contact Us    Search