How to Attract Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds can be found in a wide variety of environments in the New World, from the high Andes (over 4000 m.) to lowlands, and from dry desert areas to the rain forests. In all these environments, their source of nutrition is primarily nectar from flowers, as well as sources of protein such as insects and tiny spiders. They also need places to perch and rest during the day and to sleep at night, usually trees or large plants such as cacti. Nearly all must bathe regularly. Understanding these essential hummingbird facts is the key to attracting them to your yard or garden.

Our Top Eight Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds

Water for Bathing:

  • More than most birds, hummers need to bathe regularly, due to the sticky nature of nectar.
  • They prefer very shallow, moving water, or a spray mist.

Nesting:

  • Placing nesting material near a feeder may attract female hummingbirds to nest near you, so you will be more likely to see them during the 5-7 weeks they are brooding or caring for their young.
  • “Hummer Helper®” is a practical nesting material and is available at many bird stores and garden centers.
  • Hummer nests are often re-used, wholly or in part.
  • Leave a nest in place; it is illegal to possess a nest or any part of it without a permit.
  • Hummingbirds don't use “birdhouses” for their nests, because they are not cavity nesters.

Spoil Them:

  • Hummers return to sites where they found good food supplies the year before. Give them a reason to come back to you!











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