Hummingbirds can be found across the Americas, from Alaska to Argentina. And of the 17 species found in the United States, they all eat nectar.

Hummingbird feeders are the best way to give nectar to them.

While there are many styles of hummingbird feeders, most of them are red, with fake flowers for the hummingbirds to drink from.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird © JD Ryan
Ruby-throated Hummingbird © JD Ryan

Hang your hummingbird feeder near a window, or put motion-detecting cameras near it, to see the birds best.

It’s also a good idea to refill your hummingbird feeders every week: if the nectar spoils, they will learn to not come. Also, raccoons may eat from the hummingbird feeder.

Birds That Come To Hummingbird Feeders

In the east, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (above) are the main species to visit hummingbird feeders in summer; in some places on the gulf coast, Rufous Hummingbirds will visit hummingbird feeders in winter.

In the west, however, there are many more species: in New Mexico alone, eighteen species of hummingbirds have been seen. Some of the most common ones are Black-chinned, Anna’s, Costa’s, and Allen’s (along the coast of California only). Orioles will also come to hummingbird feeders sometimes.

Hummingbird feeders are a great way to attract hummingbirds to your yard!

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