Our Favorite Hummingbird Books for Bird Lovers

Updated: Dec. 21, 2022

Need a present for a hummingbird fan who loves books? Check out our favorite books about hummingbirds, including field guides and a coloring book.

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Shewey Hummingbirdhandbook Fullcover 120320.inddVia Timber Press

The Hummingbird Handbook

Birds & Blooms executive editor Kirsten Schrader writes, “At Birds & Blooms, we tend to focus on hummingbirds in the backyard. But in this book, John Shewey offers up everything you’ve ever wanted to know about hummingbirds, so teaming up on this project made perfect sense. He captures the spirit and allure of these captivating birds in every fascinating fact, historical tidbit, amusing anecdote, species profile and plant pick.”

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hummingbird bookVia Amazon.com

My Tiny Life by Ruby T. Hummingbird

This delightful children’s book is written as a nature diary of a year in the life of a ruby-throated hummingbird. Kids will learn what hummingbirds eat, facts about their life cycle, migration, behavior and more. You’ll also find the recipe for sugar-water and recommendations for hummingbirds’ favorite flowers.

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the hummingbird's gift bookVia Amazon.com

The Hummingbird’s Gift

These tiny birds continue to fascinate people around the world, and every sighting is a gift to nature lovers. This book, penned by naturalist Sy Montgomery, chronicles the wonders she experienced while helping a wildlife rehabilitator who reared two orphan baby Allen’s hummingbirds.

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Hummingbird coloring bookVia Walmart

Hummingbird Coloring Book

One reason we love to read hummingbird books is because we love to marvel at their colors. Hummingbird fans will love this coloring book, which features realistic detailed images to color however you please. Pair it with a pack of colored pencils for a wonderful gift. Also consider these hummingbird feeders and accessories your birds will love.

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Hummingbird Gifts Beginner's GuideVia Amazon

Stokes Beginner’s Guide to Hummingbirds

This little book is ideal for anyone who’s just learning about hummingbirds in their yard. It covers common species, feeding tips, and all the basic info you need to get started. Looking for more book ideas? Check out the top 10 birding and gardening books we love.

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Hummingbird Gifts Peterson GuideVia Amazon

Peterson Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America

This field guide does a great job of pointing out specific ID markers to help identify hummingbirds in the field, even if you don’t get a detailed look. You also get a good overview of hummingbirds and their lives. Psst—we found gifts any hummingbird lover will absolutely adore.

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Hummingbird Gifts Stokes GuideVia Amazon

Stokes Hummingbird Book

The full title of this Stokes guide is The Hummingbird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying and Enjoying Hummingbirds, and that pretty much says it all. This book is available in paperback and e-book formats. Psst—don’t miss these gift ideas for bee lovers we’re buzzing about.

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Hummingbird Gifts Complete GuideVia Amazon

Hummingbirds: A Guide to Every Species

This is the first book to detail all 338(!) known species of hummingbirds. From the tiny bee hummingbird from Cuba to the giant hummingbird of South America, which is 10 times the weight, they’re all here. Next, check out our favorite nature books for kids.

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