The Lifespan of a Hummingbird

Athough most hummingbirds live in the wild there are also some that live in capitivity as well.  The ones found in captivity are most likely found at a zoo or aviary exibit.  Have you ever wondered if there is a difference in the lifespan of a hummingbird depending on where they live?  If so, I have the answer for you.

Hummingbirds that live in captivity have a longer lifespan then those hummingbirds which live in the wild.  A hummingbird in captivity can live ten years or longer while those in the wild have a three to five year lifespan.  The diference in the lifespan can be explained by several factors.  The hummingbirds raised in captivity do not have to make long migratory journeys and therefore their feathers don’t ware out as quickly.  Also, these birds don’t have to search for food because their manmade habitat is designed to provide it to provide it to them.  Hummingbirds found in captivity live in a safe and protected environment and so they don’t face predators.  These same things can’t be said for the hummingbirds found in the wild, so their life is far more difficult because they must face  many more hazzards and challanges.  


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