Hummingbirds are New World birds that constitute the family Trochilidae. They
are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring 7.5–13 cm (3–5 in).
The average hummingbird measures about 3.5 - 4 inches (8.9 - 10 cm) and
weighs about 0.106 ounces (3 grams). The smallest - the Bee Hummingbird of
What makes these birds so different from other common backyard birds? When
backyard birders better understand what makes hummingbirds unique, they can
Some hummingbirds are so small, they have been known to be caught by
dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider's webs, snatched by frogs and
Hummingbird: Terms in this annotated Glossary pertain to all hummingbirds.
Each definition is linked to useful terms.
A flash of green and red, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is eastern North
America's sole breeding hummingbird. These brilliant, tiny, precision-flying
Photographs of male and female, sound file, and description of this bird's
seasonal movements and nesting.
The male ruby-throated hummingbird does indeed have a striking red throat,
though the female of the species does not. You would have to look quickly to see
Little wonder hummingbirds inspire heartfelt affection and stuttering efforts at
description. Even reserved scientists can't resist such words as "beautiful," ...
Each page features photos of the adult male (left) and adult female (right), a
physical description, and additional info about that species. Where available,