What Do Hummingbirds Eat?
Birding experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman discuss what do hummingbirds eat—their diet includes more foods than you may think!
Hummingbird Drink Sugar Water
Hummingbirds eat a variety of foods in their diet. They drink nectar from flowers and sugar water for energy. Roger Emerick of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, asks, “Should I add anything to the sugar water for my hummingbirds to make it more nutritious?”
When you’re feeding them pure sugar water at your hummingbird feeder, there’s no need to put in additives such as red dye or honey. Offer hummingbirds the perfect meal by making this sugar water recipe.
Hummingbirds Drink Flower Nectar
Nectar-rich tubular flowers are another way for backyard birders to lure hummingbirds to eat in your backyard. Bee balm, salvia, coral honeysuckle and fuchsia are popular flowers with hummingbirds, offering the vibrant colors they love and easy access to nectar. However, the sweet stuff covers just one dietary need. Hummingbirds forage at other sources besides flowers and feeders.
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Do Hummingbirds Eat Mosquitoes?
Hummingbirds also require protein to survive, and they get their fill of it by eating small insects like fruit flies, mosquitoes and gnats. They eat spiders, too. Multiple food sources like sugar water, flowers and bugs are especially important as young hummingbirds seek nutrition and prepare for fall migration.
Hummingbirds are so resourceful that they often forage for insects in the sap wells drilled in trees by sapsuckers.
Learn more about common hummingbird behaviors.