Tag Archive | Hummingbird Aggression

Have You Ever Been Stared at by a Hummingbird?

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Now you have!
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The hummingbirds are now landing on my hand when I change the feeder. I have ordered a hand-held feeder, but have yet to determine how I will feed them and take pics at the same time! They tend to look at me quite directly as you can see in this and the next post’s photos!

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Hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species. They will attack jays, ravens and even some hawks. They climb to great heights and dive bomb each other at up to 60 mph!

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The hummingbird above right is flying backwards away from another bird. Hummers are the only birds that can fly backwards. They can also fly upside down!
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I have purchased a second hanging feeder to lessen the competition between the birds. I have heard and seen the impacts, but so far no bird has been injured, and they even co-operate at the feeder as you can see in some of these photos.
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Hummer’s hearts beat at up to 1200 beats per minute!
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But, they can’t walk or hop on their feet….
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Their beaks are like rapiers and they are not shy about using them!

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Hummingbirds often consume up to 2X’s their body weights in nectar daily! Cheers to you from Hummer Holler!