Understanding the hummingbird food diet will help to create a backyard habitat.
Who does not enjoy watching hummingbirds?
We never cease to be amazed by this remarkable bird.
When it hovers at our feeders or darts from flower to flower, we peak at one of nature's true wonders.
How much food does a hummingbird eat in a day?
While an average hummingbird weighs only 0.1 to 0.3 ounces, it consumes 1/2 it's weight in food per day.
You guessed right!
No dieting for the hummingbird!
They do need to eat practically all day long.
Incredibly, while in flight these tiny birds beat their wings 2000 to 3000 times per minute.
That's right! I did say per minute.
What fun it is to watch such tremendous energy from such a tiny bird.
That's why they need so many calories to keep their engines humming.
They will drink the nectar from hundreds of flowers in a day.
What is Hummingbird Food?
A Sweet Treat........Nectar!
Hummingbirds eat the nectar from the feeders that we supply.
Here is some of the latest and interesting hummingbird news!
Researchers previously thought tube-like channels in their tongues sucked up fluid by capillary action. But the new analysis shows that their tongues actually trap nectar by curling around it.
This study, authored by ornithologists Alejandro Rico-Guevara and
Margaret A. Rubega of the University of Connecticut, was published in the "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences".
You can make your own hummingbird feeder recipe!
We would like to share our hummingbird nectar recipe, a ratio of sugar and water.
We have been using this hummingbird nectar recipe to attract and feed our hummingbirds for many years.
Some people buy commercially packaged nectar.
If you choose to use a commercial nectar as hummingbird food make sure that it is natural and contains no artificial dyes.
We have found a commercial hummingbird nectar product with a natural red color made from hibiscus flower extract.
Hang several hummingbird feeders and fill them regularly.
Hummingbirds consume nectar from flowers, vines, trees, and shrubs......
favoring red, orange, pink and purple flowers with a good nectar reserve.
Trumpet shaped flowers are most often preferred but are not exclusive.
Hummingbirds eat nectar strictly for energy.
Subscribe to "The Hummer" newsletter (to the left) and receive a FREE Printable Version of our "Hummingbird Nectar Recipe".
Other Essential Nutrients!
Hummingbird food also needs to consist of protein, vitamins, and minerals from insects.
They are fast bug eating machines in our backyard.
Hummingbirds live on the edge of survival.
When a hummingbird does not have enough food.......to conserve energy, it can go into a sleep-like state known as "Torpor".
"Torpor" is their natural adaptation to prevent starvation.
Clever, isn't it?
Hummingbirds do Require Water!
Of course they drink the nectar in the flowers and feeders but they also need water.
Hummingbirds are able to find many water sources right in your backyard.
We've all heard the expression "drink-in the morning dew."
They will sip droplets of dew formed on foliage in the morning or after a rain.
They will come to a bird bath or a puddle but the water level must be shallow or even better, supply a birdbath with a mister in it.
If you already have a birdbath, an easy solution is to add a Solar Mister to it (No Electricity Needed).
Dry conditions can be a challenge, but you can help with a bird bath or a mister.
A common misconception...........feeding hummingbirds is not just providing nectar!