Hummingbirds at Home

Male and female Anna's Hummingbirds crowd a feeder to refuel. Charles Melton/Alamy

When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring

— Flowers are beginning to bloom, and hummingbirds are starting to return from their southern winter sojourns. Here’s a regional guide for when they should arrive and the food they’re seeking.

How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

— In a few easy steps, you can bring these nectar-loving birds to your feeder.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Honeysuckle. David Shipper/Audubon Photography Awards

Create a Hummingbird Haven With Native Flowering Plants

— As hummers make their way north for spring, draw them to your yard or space with the plants they need to refuel.
Anna's Hummingbird in a flight tunnel. Charlie Croskery

How Do Hummingbirds Fly Without Crashing?

— The birds can master their own physics by sizing up the objects in their path.
A Calliope Hummingbird, one of many hummingbird species at risk from climate change. Dan Tracy/Audubon Photography Awards

One Simple Way to Help Hummingbirds Threatened by Climate Change

— By tracking these tiny birds, we can detect important imbalances in the environment.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Bee Balm. mtruchon/Adobe Stock

The Audubon Guide to Attracting Hummingbirds and Orioles

At least 53 species of North American birds drink nectar—the naturally occurring sweet liquid produced by plants.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Camilla Cerea/Audubon

Where Do Hummingbirds Get All That Energy?

— A lifestyle like theirs can only be matched by multiple sugar highs.
Rufous Hummingbird. Ron Racine/Audubon Photography Awards

(Not) Flying South for the Winter

— Birders find that hummingbirds are sticking around through the cold season.

Tracking Allen's Hummingbird

— This species could see 90 percent of its breeding range shift as our climate changes.

What Mr. Audubon Thought of Hummingbirds

— Descriptions of these nectar-sipping birds, written in an 1800s mindset.