Welcome to Hummingbird Central
We love watching hummingbirds, those marvelous, tiny birds that flit around our home gardens, and are enjoying the 2021 hummingbird season!
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 in North America, as an entry-level learning resource for those interested in these magnificent creatures!
Spring Migration Maps
Information is presented on the amazing process of hummingbird migration in the spring and fall of each year.
Tracking of the Spring 2021 hummingbird migration was done with the help of our viewers as they submitted their first hummingbird sightings from their locales. In 2021, we received over 12,000 "first sighting reports". The 2021 Hummingbird Migration Map has now been viewed oveer 5,000,000 times !
The mapping project for 2021 has now ended, and we are not adding any more sightings to the map.
Numerous reports were received in 2019 and 2020 of rare sightings of Albino and white Leucistic Hummingbirds.
We also enjoy hummingbird gardening, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for a variety of hummingbirds.
Our site includes ways to help you attract hummingbirds to your home landscape. We'll share our experience from our own landscape which includes Lantana, Zinnias, Butterfly Bushes, Pentas, Salvia, Batface Cuphea, and other hummingbird-friendly 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.
Our hummingbird media archive is extensive, and we will be posting staff photos and videos on this website as well as photos submitted by our viewers.
Many hummingbirds look alike ... how do I tell the difference?
Hummingbirds are among the smallest of all birds, with most species measuring in the 3"-5" range. They have long slender needlelike bills adapted for reaching deep into tubular flowers.
But many hummingbirds look alike, and sometimes juveniles and females are really difficult to differentiate. Our website includes side-by-side comparison charts of several common species that feature similar markings and coloration.
We Love Birding!
And we love watching all bird life! While this website is oriented to hummingbirds, we have a section on other backyard birds and a special report on our recent trip to the National Aviary of Columbia.
Thanks for visiting, and please join us as we enjoy another hummingbird season in 2021!
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 »