comprise one of the most interesting
groups of birds found anywhere in the
world. Their high speed antics and bright
colors make them a favorite in everyone's
garden or backyard.
species of hummingbirds have been recorded
in the United States. Most are found in
the Western United States. The
Ruby-throated hummingbird is the only
common species in the Eastern United
U.S. hummers range in size from about 3 1/4 inches (Calliope hummingbird) up to 5 1/4 inches (Magnificent hummingbird). Most species are migratory, although at least one, the Anna's hummingbird, is a permanent resident and does not migrate. The Ruby-throated hummingbird, on the other hand, migrates 600 miles across the Gulf of Mexico twice a year.
Flower nectar is the main source of energy for hummingbirds, supplemented with protein from small insects. A garden filled with nectar-rich flowers is the best way to attract hummers, at least initially. They can be very territorial and provide hours of interesting observations.