Hummingbirds, Swifts and Swallows

Swallows, swifts and hummingbird species are amazing additions to any backyard. Learn how to identify and attract these graceful fliers to your yard, and listen to their songs.

15 Types of Hummingbirds Found in the United States

If you're wondering what hummingbird species are in your backyard, check out the 15 types of hummingbirds that breed in the United States.

How to Identify Anna’s Hummingbirds

The Anna's hummingbird is more cold-hardy than most hummingbirds. It can be found all year along the Pacific Coast, as...


Get to Know Tough and Tiny Rufous Hummingbirds

Orangey-red rufous hummingbirds are feisty and fierce. Learn to identify males and females, listen to their call and see their...


Meet the World’s Largest and Smallest Hummingbirds

You might think all hummingbirds are about the same size, but two species stand out as the largest and smallest...


How to Identify Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Look for ruby-throated hummingbirds in the eastern states during summer. See what males and females look like and learn about...

The Ultimate Bucket List for Hummingbird Lovers

These 10 activities, some silly and some seriously cool, are ideas that every hummingbird enthusiast should experience.


13 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Hummingbirds

Discover fascinating facts about hummingbirds, like what materials they use build their nests, where they migrate and how fast they...

How Long Do Hummingbirds Live?

Learn the lifespan of hummingbirds, and discover how long hummingbirds can live in the wild and in captivity at zoos.


6 Fascinating Facts about Swifts

Learn everything birders need to know about swifts—the family of airborne birds that can’t sit still.


Discover the Truth About Common Hummingbird Myths

Should you add red dye to hummingbird feeders? Find out as we separate hummingbird myths from hummingbird facts.


Birds of Summer: Learn to Identify 8 Types of Swallows

From purple martins to barn swallows, find out how to spot and identify 8 members of the swallow family of...

What Do Hummingbirds Eat?

Birding experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman discuss all of the foods that hummingbirds eat—their diet includes more than you may...


Hummingbirds Can See Even MORE Colors Than Humans, According to Researchers

A new study reveals hummingbirds' large eyes see the world in a wider range of brilliant colors than people can...


5 Hummingbird Videos You Can’t Miss

From nest building to snoring (yes, snoring!), the behavior captured in these hummingbird videos will captivate your bird-loving heart.


21 Stunning Hummingbird Photos You Need to See

Step into the world of hummingbirds with these amazing reader photos.


Do Hummingbirds Sing? The Many Sounds of Hummingbirds

Listen carefully the next time you see a hummingbird and learn about the variety of hummingbird sounds.

Hummingbird Species: Black-chinned Hummingbird

This small hummingbird species can be found wagging their tails as they feed throughout the western United States.


Attracting Hummingbirds: Western Species

Did you know that of North America’s 20 hummingbird species, most are unique to the West? Learn about attracting hummingbirds...


Tree Swallow

The hardiest swallow, it arrives early in spring and even winters over in some localities. When insects are unavailable, the...


Purple Martin

Native Americans once attracted these voracious insect eaters by hanging gourd houses near their villages. Purple Martins nest in colonies...


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Violet-crowned Hummingbird, simple beauty

Though the Violet-crowned Hummingbird is fairly common in Mexico, it is most uncommon in the United States. It can only


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Jewell of a hummingbird

I think this Broad-billed Hummingbird is one of the most brilliantly colored birds that can be found in the United


Chimney Swifts: from babies to flight

This is a photo of a young Chimney Swift on it’s first flight after being released from my local wildlife