Do Hummingbirds Sing?

How do you describe the sound a hummingbird makes? This is somewhat difficult to do, but the sound a hummingbird makes isn’t a true “song.” Hummingbirds will vocalize by making chirping notes. The call of a hummingbird is made up of a series of short buzz trills and chirps. Hummingbirds’ wings ‘buzz’ or make a whirring sound while the birds are in flight. This sound is referred to as a "wing whistle." The hummingbird will frequently vocalize in effort to attract a mate.

A Hummingbird’s Need to Fight

Hummingbirds will fight whenever it is necessary. It is rare for the hummingbird to be injured during a fight and they do not attack humans. 
They will fight for nectar, insects, and to guard and defend their territory. Hummingbirds will use their bills and claws as weapons. Sometimes, the birds may even collide with one another.
Rarely, will a hummingbird be injured during a fight, because their instincts tell them not to risk injuring their bills. Amazingly enough, hummingbirds fight less whenever food is scarce.
Hummingbirds do not attack humans, but they have been known to get within inches of someone’s face. When this occurs, this can be frightening. 
Hummingbird Food

Creating an Effective Hummingbird Habitat

The exact habitat requirements for each species of hummingbird are different. The tips offered in this post are very general and are not intended to help to attract a particular species of hummingbird. The general nature of these tips should ensure that they can be used by anyone interested in creating a hummingbird habitat.
One key to creating a hummingbird habitat is that it should have areas of sun, partial sun, and shade. If the area of your yard where you want to create the hummingbird habitat is sunny most of the day, then you need to plant trees and shrubs. If the area is entirely in the shade, you will want to open up the area to let large patches of sunlight in. Having areas that allow both sun and shade is necessary to grow a wide variety of plants.
You want your hummingbird habitat to consist of many levels of vegetation. The area should have some tall trees, some medium-height trees, some flowers, some grassy areas, as well as some shrubs. These different levels will provide the hummingbirds a variety of choices of where to feed or where to perch to rest or roost.
You want to plant lots of flowers. You will want to choose both flowers that are known to attract hummingbirds as well as others. It is important to select a variety of flowers that will bloom at different times, because there will always be something flowering. The flowers will serve two very important purposes: they will provide a source of nectar for the hummingbirds, and they will also attract insects on which the birds will feed.
It is also important to have a source of water available for the hummingbirds. A hummingbird is quite resourceful and will get water wherever they find it, whether it is beads of water on a leaf, from a brook or stream, or even from a sprinkler. Another way to provide a source of water is by having a birdbath available. The birdbath should have a very shallow water depth to allow the birds to stand in the water if they choose to do so. Adding some small flat rocks to the birdbath will create different water depths within the birdbath.
By creating the right hummingbird habitat, you can create both an environment where hummingbirds not only want to feed but also nest. Having a wide variety of plants will provide the female hummingbird a wide variety of nesting materials from which to choose. Willow shrubs have downy fibers that many hummingbird species will use to build the bulk of their nest. The willows will also serve as a source of nectar for the hummingbirds and it will also attract insects on which the hummingbird can feed.
Your hummingbird habitat should also contain some perches so the hummingbirds can survey the territory. You might want to create some perches that give the birds a good view over the flowers. Hummingbirds will often perch on tree limbs that are above and behind the flowers or even on some bare tree limb.
For many species of hummingbirds, the size and range of their habitats is rapidly decreasing. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly up to those of who love these birds to provide alternate habitat sources. It is my hope that the information contained in this post will help you do so more effectively.

The Magnificent Hummingbird

This species of hummingbird was formerly known as the Refulgent Hummingbird or Rivoli’s Hummingbird until the mid-1980s. At that time, it then became commonly known as the Magnificent Hummingbird, which thought to be due to its spectacular plumage. This bird was named after M. Massena, the Duke of Rivoli, in 1829 by French naturalist, Rene P. Lesson, because of its royal appearance. For those interested in viewing hummingbirds, southeastern Arizona during the spring or fall migration may host most of the 14 species of hummingbirds that are found in North America.
This species of hummingbird is one of the largest hummingbirds in the United States. Depending on what sources you consult, this bird is sometimes considered to be the largest of our North American hummingbirds. The male is green above and black below, having a metallic purple crown and forehead and an iridescent green gorget or throat. The male bears bold contrasting colors, with iridescent purple crown, green throat, and black belly. The female is duller in overall color, green above and gray below. The female also has a lightly streaked throat and its outer tail feathers are pearly gray. The Juvenile male of the species shows plumage that is intermediate between that of adult male and adult female. The Juvenile female resembles adult female, but with gray-buff fringes on feathers of upper parts.
The Magnificent Hummingbird is mainly a Central American species. It can be found as far south as Nicaragua, through the tablelands of Guatemala and Mexico, and barely crossing our southern border into the mountains of southern Arizona and New Mexico and it can also be found in western Texas. It was added to our fauna by Henry W. Henshaw in 1875, when he found the first specimen at Camp Grant, Arizona in the 18th century.
The flight of this hummingbird is somewhat different from that of other hummingbirds. The Magnificent Hummingbird is a large, heavily bodied bird, and its flight, though swift, is somewhat slower in proportion to its size than that of the smaller species. Its wing strokes are less rapid, and it indulges in occasional periods of sailing on set wings, much after the manner of a swift.
The Magnificent Hummingbird winters in Mexico. It arrives in Arizona in May, but it isn’t plentiful until about the middle of June, which is when the mescal shrubs begin to blossom. The habitat for this bird is humid forest, primarily in edge and clearings, pastures, open woodland, pine-oak association and scrubby areas.
The nest of the Magnificent Hummingbird is composed of mosses that are woven into an almost circular cup. The interior consist of a lining of the softest and downiest feathers. The exterior is covered with lichens, which are held on by silk   from spiders’ webs. It can often be found on the horizontal limb of an alder tree.
Not much has been published on the food of Rivoli’s hummingbird. They are believed to like honeysuckle and are especially fond of the blossoms of the mescal. The mescal is generally infested by numerous small insects, which these birds will feed. 
Like most other hummingbirds, this hummingbird usually lays two eggs. These are like other hummingbirds’ eggs, pure white, without gloss, and varying from oval to elliptical-oval, sometimes slightly elliptical and shaped like an egg. At birth, the young are helpless.
There is no immediate conservation concern for this particular species of hummingbird. There is some concern that habitat destruction may be a problem in Mexico and Central America, but specific effects of this potential problem have been documented at the present time.
Hummingbird Feeders

When Should Feeders Be Taken Down?

It is getting to be the time of year when many people start seeing fewer hummingbirds. Also, cooler weather isn’t far off, so this means the hummingbirds will soon begin their migration. Have you been wondering when to take down your hummingbird feeders? If so, this post is written with you in mind.  
It is impossible to provide an exact date by which time hummingbird feeders should be taken down. This will largely depend on the area of the country where you live. It is believed that migrating hummingbirds may be helped by feeders that are left up until at least two weeks have passed since seeing your last hummer. Contrary to what many people believe, hummingbirds will migrate even if your hummingbird feeders are not taken down. Males generally migrate several weeks ahead of immature hummingbirds, which are also known as new hatchlings, and females. When migration occurs is determined by a change in the length of the day or photoperiod.