Hummingbirds fighting is a natural occurance in nature. It is really
more of a sparing contest between males which usually does not result with injury.
Some wonder why the beautiful hummingbird, symbolized as love, cannot live in peace and harmony with each other.
Warriors at Heart
Hummingbirds are aggressive because they are territorial.
Due to their bravery shown through aggressiveness, the Navajo American Indians and some South American cultures admired the hummingbird for this behavior.
If hummingbird aggression is too much for you, simply hang more feeders.
Please see our additional information about attracting hummingbirds with feeders.
Are Hummingbirds Territorial?
Male hummingbirds are very aggressive when claiming a new territory.
Keep in mind that this is essential for the survival of the female and her young.
The male claims a territory and breeds with several females.
These same females then gain full use of the territory to nest and raise the brood.
The males chase off all other males.
Hey guys!...........That’s one sure way to eliminate the competitors.
Males do attack other females.
Ladies just listen to this!............ Male hummingbirds are by no means romantic.
A male will attack a female until she mates with him.
Now isn’t that persuasive?
All Puffed Up and Ready!
When these tiny creatures fight, they look hysterical.
They puff themselves up to look as large as possible and use their long beaks and claws as ready-made weapons.
Have you ever watched hummingbirds crash into each other in mid-air?
I remember holding my breath as two hummingbirds locked beaks and fell to the ground.
It’s Only Natural!
Be reassured that this is only nature fulfilling its plan.
Hummingbirds can be a great source of inspiration for many of us going through a rough time.
We can remember the fierce strength and courage of the tiny hummingbird and its own struggle for survival.
Happy Hummingbird Watching!