Hummingbird Nests/ Eggs/ Baby Hummingbird Pictures/Photos

 Hummingbird Nest

Here you will learn about hummingbird nest building, hummingbird eggs, hummingbird babies, what they eat and more. At the bottom of the article is my special video that will teach you how to hand-feed hummingbirds.

In general, the hummingbird nest building and the raising of the young is all done by the female Hummingbird.

She will generally raise one brood per season. In the southern portions of the range she might raise two broods and in Florida, three broods have been reported.

Hummingbirds do not use bird houses and they do not nest in cavities. They prefer to make their small cup-shaped nest in the fork of a tree branch.


What does a hummingbird nest look like

On average a hummingbird nest will only be 1 1/2 inches in diameter, about the size of a ping pong ball and will be cup shaped .

Hummingbird nest material

The hummingbird nest will be made out of downy-like plant material that’s held together with spider webs. Other hummingbird nest material includes bits of lichens that can be found on the outside of hummingbird nests for camouflage and the inside of the hummingbird nest will be lined with plant down.

Video: This mother hummer built a hummingbird nest on a string of Christmas lights with one light right in the middle of the bottom of the nest. I don’t know if she was just in the Christmas spirit or in a party mood, but one thing was sure, she was going to have one of the first hummingbird nests with electric lighting.

Hummingbird Nests Video: This is a mother hummingbird building a hummingbird nest on a hanging butterfly thing on our patio.

Hummingbird Eggs

The female hummingbird will usually lay 2 eggs in the hummingbird nest, sometimes only 1. The hummingbird eggs will be laid on 2 different days, but will usually hatch on the same day because the female will not start incubating the the eggs until the second egg is laid.

What do hummingbird eggs look like?…hummingbird egg size

The humming bird eggs will be white and less than half an inch long, about the size of a small jelly bean or pea.

When do hummingbird eggs hatch? (hummingbird eggs gestation period)

The female hummingbird will incubate the eggs usually for 16 to 18 days (hummingbird eggs gestation period) or up to three weeks if the weather happens to be cooler. She tries to maintain a temperature around 96 degrees. To answer the question when do hummingbird eggs hatch or what is the hummingbird eggs gestation period…….usually 2 to 3 weeks

Does red dye affect hummingbird eggs?

There is no scientific evidence concerning the question does red dye affect hummingbird eggs. That red dye will cause hummingbird eggs to become thin and brittle has not been shown to be true.

There is however an increasing percentage of tumors being found in hummingbirds and lots of people are pretty much convinced the tumors are the result of the red dye used in hummingbird nectar.

The red dye #40 has been found to cause tumors in animals, but studies have not been done on birds. It is harmful to animals and humans so to assume it is not good for hummingbirds is not such a large leap to take.

It’s not needed anyway to attract hummingbirds, so there is absolutely no need at all to take such a chance. Use a red feeder, tie red ribbon to your feeder or do as my wife Gloria does, attach red silk flowers to your feeder.

What do baby hummingbirds look like?

When baby hummingbirds first hatch they have no feathers, dark skin and their eyes are closed. They have short, yellow stubby beaks. Baby Ruby-throated hummingbirds weigh about .62 grams. For comparison, 3 newly hatched baby Ruby-throated hummingbirds would weigh less than one American dime.

The female hummingbird will stay on the hummingbird nest when the baby hummingbirds are small, only leaving for a few minutes each hour to look for food. Because the babies have no feathers they can’t regulate their body temperature so the female stays on the hummingbird nest to keep them warm.

As the baby hummingbirds get feathers and start to grow, she will spend more time away from the hummingbird nest searching for food to feed the babies.

By the time the baby hummingbirds leave the hummingbird nest they will be full grown.

What do baby hummingbirds eat?

The female will feed them with a mixture of nectar and tiny insects and spiders, that she will collect in her crop and regurgitate the mixture into the mouths of the young. The insects and spiders will provide the protein that the baby hummingbirds need to grow.

The baby hummingbirds will be ready to leave the hummingbird nest in about three weeks.

How often do hummingbirds eat?

Because of their extremely high metabolism, hummingbirds will have to feed every 10 to 15 minutes, except at night when they go into a state of torpor to slow down heir metabolism so they can survive without eating until morning.

Hummingbird Nests Video: Hummingbird babies growing up in the hummingbird nest, from “Eggs” to the actual moment they leave the nest!

female sitting in her hummingbird nest incubating hummingbird eggs

Hummingbird Nests and Baby Hummingbird Pictures

See below to answer….. what does a hummingbird nest look like?

the first of 2 little Hummingbird eggs in a hummingbird nest

Baby humming bird photos by Andreas D.

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baby Hummingbirds in hummingbird nest

last baby Hummingbird photo before leaving the hummingbird nest

Hummingbird eggs

baby hummingbird in hummingbird nest -photo by RBerteig

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hummingbird nest photos and baby hummingbird pictures by Travis Hornung

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Hummingbird chicks ready to leave

gone, empty hummingbird nest                                 

 What do baby hummingbirds eat?

baby hummingbirds are fed regurgitated nectar and insects by the female hummingbird.

See pictures of the hummingbird nests below:

Baby Hummingbirds and hummingbird nests…. photos by Kiyoteru TokuyasuLicensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike License

baby Hummingbirds

brother and sister Hummingbirds

Hummingbird chick feeding

Hummingbird feeding

Hummingbird chick and hummingbird nest

Hummingbird nest

Hummingbird chick feeding

Hummingbird chick feeding

picture of Hummingbird eggs

hummingbird nests with hummingbird eggs-photos by Tod Baker  

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Hummingbird chick and hummingbird egg in hummingbird nest

baby Hummingbird in hummingbird nest

More hummingbird nest pictures:

picture of 2 day old Hummingbird babies

Photos of baby hummingbirds in hummingbird nests – by Ron’s Logs

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2 day old baby Hummingbirds

Hummingbird babies in hummingbird nest

baby Hummingbirds in hummingbird nest

Hummingbird babies

5-hours old baby Hummingbirds

Pictures of baby hummingbirds in hummingbird nest-by Supersnail

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1 week old baby hummingbird Chlorostilbon mellisugus (Common Emerald)

Hummingbird nests- photos by Supersnail

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Click the link what do baby hummingbird look like to see more baby hummingbird videos.

Click on the link hummingbird nest to see  videos of hummingbird nests.


How to hand-feed hummingbirds instructional video


Here is another technique you can use to hand-feed hummingbirds through a window in your home.

If you would like to watch my other videos on hand-feeding different backyard birds and squirrels, click the link    Hand-feeding backyard birds and squirrels

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