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Hummingbird FAQ

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These are some of our most asked questions about hummingbirds. For additional questions and answers about hummingbirds, visit the Professor Bird web site. Search for “hummingbirds” in the key word search field.


Q – When should I take down my feeder so the hummingbirds do not stay too long into the fall or winter?

A – Hummer migration is triggered by the shorter fall days, not the amount of food. Keep your feeders up until the birds have completed migration through your area, often into mid-October or later. Keeping your feeders up will not cause otherwise healthy birds to delay their migration.

Q – What is the best way to attract hummers to my feeder?

A – Use several small feeders spread throughout your yard or, even better, plant a hummingbird garden. See the section on gardening for hummers.

Q – How long is incubation for hummingbirds?

A – This varies a little by species. Hummingbirds usually lay one or two eggs that hatch within 2-3 weeks.

The male leaves after mating, leaving the female to provide all the feeding and care of the baby hummingbirds.

Q – How long do hummingbirds live?

A – The average age is about three to four years, although some may live twice that long. The record is about 12 years.

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About the Author

Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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