Baby Hummingbirds Grow Up So Fast

Published November 5, 2014
Updated January 17, 2018

Like honeybees and bumblebees, hummingbirds are an integral part of the pollination process. They’re also the tiniest birds in the world, with many species weighing in at less than a penny.

Hummingbirds are native to the Americas, and can be found in Alaska, Chile, and everywhere in between. The Anna’s Hummingbird is a medium-sized (think of a ping bong ball) hummingbird. Their habitat spans Southern California and Northern Mexico, and males can be identified by their emerald colored feathers and ruby-tinged throats. The females have similar, but more subdued, coloring. They were named after Princess Anna de Belle Masséna, who is best (only) remembered for being pretty and having a hummingbird named after her.

Watch these Anna’s Hummingbirds transform from eggs to baby hummingbirds to full-fledged adults. It all takes less than a month.

anna's hummingbird nest
anna's hummingbird nest
Baby Hummingbirds Grow Up So Fast
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Julia Day
Julia Day is a New York based writer and illustrator. She attended Colby College where she studied 17th Century Poetry, Environmental Science, and Philosophy.
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