Treat your local hummingbirds with a hummingbird feeder

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hummingbird feederIf you like bird watching, hummingbirds are one of the most beautiful types of birds to watch. They are marvel to behold as they flap their wings 20-50 times per second. There are many types of hummingbird feeders out there on the market but before buying one, let’s take a look at some crucial facts about a hummingbird’s diet.

There are many different species of hummingbirds but they all share the same attribute of being nectarivores, birds that feed on nectar. Although hummingbirds are known for feeding on nectar, its not the only thing in their diet. While nectar is rich in sugar, it is not enough to sustain them. Hummingbirds have to feed on small insects to get enough protein in their diet. 10-15% of a hummingbird’s day is dedicated to eating while the rest is dedicated to rest and digestion.

hummingbird feederIf you’re going to be hosting hummingbirds, it might be a good idea to give them something to bathe in addition to a hummingbird feeder. A shallow dish of water will be sufficient for a hummingbird to splash water onto its feathers. There are fancier bird baths that you can get but that will cost a lot more and might attract all different types of birds. Hummingbirds aren’t usually violent but they will fight each other for food, so be aware that that can happen.

Hummingbird feeders are very basic and usually consist of a canister for their liquid food and several spots for humming birds to drink from. Their feeders are designed to only allow hummingbirds to feed from them since humming birds are one of the only birds that can hover in place because of their rapid wing beats.

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