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Handfeeding a Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are one of the most beloved bird species among bird-watchers. They’re incredible athletes and have the highest metabolism among all animals.  A hummingbird’s heart can beat well over 1,000 times per minute and they can consume more than their body weight in nectar in one day.

The video below is of a ruby-throated hummingbird, the most common in the United States. The ruby-throated hummingbird migrates every year from Central and South America, sometimes traveling 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight.  In this clip, hummingbird enthusiast Russ Thompson actually feeds a hummingbird nectar from his hand.  Ruby-throated hummingbirds are known for their responsiveness to bird feeders and human presence, but this is still pretty  spectacular.  Check it out.

Like that? Check out this video of feeding hummingbirds in slow motion.


  1. […] Like that video? Check out another hummingbird enthusiast’s experience hand feeding hummingbirds. […]

  2. Living in Texas, there a great many species of hummingbird species seen here in spring, summer and fall. One of the best places to see hummingbirds in Texas is in Rockport, Tx. The Rockport area is in the flyway of most of the hummers that migrate from northern U.S. and Canada to Mexico and South America. I live in Austin Tx. and the 2 most common hummingbirds are the ruby-throated and black-chinned. I have a feeder in my deck and a ruby throated has already taken it over.

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