Welcome to Hummingbird Central
We love watching hummingbirds, those marvelous, tiny birds that flit around our yards, and are enjoying another fun season in 2018.
We also enjoy hummingbird gardening, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for a variety of hummingbirds.
Where ever you live in the U.S.A., Canada, or beyond, this website can provide you with valuable information about these amazing birds.
On this website we present highlights of common hummingbird species found around the country, as an entry-level learning resource for those interested in these magnificent creatures!
We discuss the amazing process of hummingbird migration in the spring and fall of each year.
We monitored the Spring 2018 hummingbird migration with the help of our viewers as they submitted their first hummingbird sightings in their areas. In 2018, we received over 6,500 "first sighting reports" and were able to post 3,200 to our migration map. The map has now been viewed over 3,000,000 times!
Our site includes ways to help you attract hummingbirds to your home landscape. We'll share our experience from our own landscape which includes several types of Lantana (45 plants at last count!), Zinnias, Butterfly Bushes, Pentas, Salvia, Batface Cuphea, Nasturtiums, Coreopsis, and other hummingbird-friendly plants, annuals and perennials.
The selection of hummingbird feeders is large, and varied, and we provide guidance, and our personal experience, in selecting and maintaining feeders and nectar solutions.
While we haven't personally spotted all species found in the U.S.A., our hummingbird photo archive is extensive, and we will be posting photos and videos on this website over time.
Thanks for visiting, and please join us again as we enjoy another hummingbird season in 2018!
Hummingbirds are found only in the Western Hemisphere, with half the species living in the "equatorial belt" between 10 degrees north and south of the equator. Over 330 species and 115 genera exist, mostly south of the U.S. Fewer than two dozen species venture into the U.S. and Canada; only a few species remain year-round.
Learn about the species »
Many hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America or Mexico, and migrate north to their breeding grounds in the southern U.S. and western states as early as February, and to areas further north later in the spring. The first arrivals in spring are usually males. Some, however, do not migrate, in areas like California and the upper Pacific coast.
All about migration »
Hummingbirds, like other birds and other animals, need food, water, and shelter, the basic necessities of life. Favorite flowers of hummingbirds are often red in color, and tubular in shape, so we include many plants with these features. We also enjoy hummingbird gardening, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for hummingbirds.
Hummingbird gardening »
Planting the right flowers is an important element in establishing the right environment for attracting hummingbirds. But you need another key attractant: the hummingbird feeder! They come in all shapes and sizes; some are plastic, others glass. Some are vertical and others horizontal.
How to pick the right feeders »