Hummingbird feeding her baby


I was able to photograph this Black-chinned Hummingbird feeding her baby that was perched between some tree branches. Sorry the photo is not as good as most but the area was dark and I stayed back more than 50 feet so I did not disturb the mom or baby.  Because hummingbirds are so small it takes a long camera lens to photograph them and this was shot with a 50 times normal zoom.  I have also enlarged the photo quite a bit so you can see her long bill is placed inside the baby’s bill to transfer the nectar.

These hummers were located not far off the trail in Ramsey Canyon Preserve, a Nature Conservancy holding in southeast Arizona that is famous for it’s hummers and other birds. This is a popular place and a number of people walked by–if they walked too close the mom would leave or if out getting food she would not fly in by her baby so she didn’t give away the location.  So it is important that those watching and photographing young birds keep their distance so they don’t interfere with feeding.


The photo just above is the young hummer when a little sunlight filtered in so it has better color. Black-chinned Hummingbirds are metallic green on their upperparts and even this young hummer shows that plumage.  It even shows the broad white tips to it’s wings that are found on adult birds.  However, the bill on this species is quite long but the young hummer’s bill is still pretty short. Since the young bird is out of the nest but still being fed by the mother it is considered a fledgling.


  1. Gail Raines says

    We have enjoyed watching a pair of hummingbirds at our feeders and now there are 3 babies. Their antics are amusing as they flit from one feeder to another and chase each other off the perches. We live in Chattanooga TN and wondered what type of hummers are in this area. They are not as colorful as ones in your pictures. Thanks.

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