Where Do Hummingbirds Live

Where do hummingbirds live? Hummingbirds are amazing creatures. As these birds revolve through the sky, hummingbirds can take a sudden dive at a speed up to 60 miles per hour. The beating of their wings creates the buzzing sound that announces hummingbirds' arrivals. Their bright colors streak together as the weave around each other in a hummingbird dance. These birds have to be seen to be appreciated.

Where Do Hummingbirds Live?
Hummingbirds are a distinctly New World kind of bird. They live only in the Americas. Their territory, depending on the type of hummingbird, can reach up through Canada into Alaska, to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and down into South America as far as Chile.

Hummingbirds live in a wide variety of habitats. You can find them in the woods or in a big city. Hummingbirds can live at sea level or in mountains as high as 14,000 feet. It all depends, again, on the kind of hummingbird.

Hummingbird Migration
If you are fortunate, you live in an area where hummingbirds stay all year long, such as Southern California. However, not everyone is that lucky. Perhaps you live in an area where you can observe hummingbird migration or you live in an area where hummingbirds breed.

Before migrating, these birds will increase their food consumption for their journey. Hummingbirds typically migrate alone, although hummingbirds of the same species migrate at about the same time. When migrating, hummingbirds usually fly at low elevations, perhaps so that they can more easily spot a snack along the way. It takes hummingbirds between a week to a month to complete their migration.

Generally speaking, hummingbirds fly north starting in the spring and reach their destinations in the southern United States starting in February and, if their destination is Alaska, starting in May. They start their southern migration during the fall between August and October. Male hummingbirds usually start migrating about three weeks earlier than females.

By the way, hummingbirds migrate on their own power. They don't hitchhike on the back of other birds like Canadian geese. In addition, you can leave your hummingbird feeder up without guilt. The extra food won't keep hummingbirds from leaving at the appropriate time.

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