7 Science Proven Tips to Attract Beautiful Hummingbirds to the Garden

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Hummingbirds are fascinating little birds that have long beaks and fast-moving wings. They are the smallest migrating birds and don’t migrate in folks like other species; instead, they travel single for up to 500 miles at a time. The most interesting fact about them is that they have a very high metabolism because they eat all day long for their survival. Only females assemble nests and lay only two eggs. After hatching, these birds stay in the nest for about three weeks.

They are unique in various ways, such as they have a giant brain, heart, energy output, and breast muscles compared to any other bird’s body size.

These feathered friends can fly in all directions, such as forward, backward, and even upside down. The average life span of these birds is five years, but they are known to live for more than ten years. They have a grooved tongue like the shape of a W with tiny hair on it to help them lap up the nectar just like cats. They have compact, powerfully muscled bodies and long blade-like wings. Their feathers are sparse and often strongly metallic and scale-like in appearance.

Do Hummingbirds Thrive Near You?

Some of them are discussed below:

  • Rufous Hummingbirds: These beautiful birds breed in open areas, yards, parks, and forests. They reside primarily in the western half of North America and travel from southern Mexico during migration. They are considered as one of the feistiest birds in North America and make one of the prolonged migratory journeys of any bird in the world.
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbirds: They live in woodland areas and gardens where there are plenty of plants with flowers. They spend the winter season in Central America, Mexico, and Florida and migrate towards Canada and other parts of Eastern North America in hot weather for breeding.
  • Black-chinned Hummingbirds: These birds are generally found in lowland deserts, mountainous forests, and natural habitats. They are seen mainly in Mexico as well as in southern Texas in the winter season.
  • Costa’s Hummingbirds: They are primarily found in desert scrub in the Sonoran and Mojave deserts and scrub areas in coastal California. They are short-distant migrants that move as far south as northern Mexico in winter.
  • Green-breasted mango: These birds are widespread in the American tropics and range as far north as northeastern Mexico. They are mostly found near the coasts of Mexico and Central America. They primarily occur in open lowland habitats, including grasslands, parks, forest edges, and gardens.
  • Allen’s Hummingbirds: These birds live in a narrow strip of habitat along with coastal Oregon and California. They often migrate to a small area in Mexico for the winter.
  • Violet Crowned Hummingbirds: These tiny birds are found in a few sites in southeastern Arizona and extreme southwestern New Mexico.

7 Things You Can Do to Attract Hummingbirds

1 — Hang a Nectar Feeder

2 — Keep the Birdfeeder Supplied with Fresh Nectar

3 — Plant Red Flowers

In particular, these teeny bids enjoy the butterfly bush. It is like a bonus planting…it attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. This flower will grow in partial shade to full sun and doesn’t mind the heat.

4 — Plant Shrubs near Feeding Area for Protection

5 — Add a Bird Bath to Your Garden

6 — Clean the Feeder Often with White Vinegar

7 — Protect Hummingbirds from Predators

  • Set a cleaning routine of the birdfeeder as it is very important to keep it clean all the time to avoid the attack of predators.
  • Provide sheltered perches for these birds so they can’t be exposed to predatory creatures.
  • You must position your bird’s feeder to avoid predators. Place the feeder within 15 feet of shelter as it will reduce the chances of a cat or dog attacking it.
  • Keep your cats indoors so that they cannot stalk these birds.
  • Place baffles above and below feeders and put them away from areas where predators can easily reach.

The Takeaway: These Seven Science-Backed Tips Can Help Attract Hummingbirds

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