Hummingbird Food

Facts About Hummingbird Nectar

Have you ever wondered if there is such a thing as nectar that is not sweet enough for a hummingbird?  Just how sweet does a hummingbird want their nectar to be?  Which is sweeter hummingbird nectar or Coca Cola?  If the answers to any if these questions interest you, then this post is just what your looking for.

This post also made me think of my mom because she was always interested in discovering some new and unusual bits of trivia and she was a big hummingbird enthusiast.   

  • A hummingbird will not take the nectar from a flower if it is less then 12% sweetness.
  • The exact amount of sweetness the nectar will have depends on both the type of flower it is and how long the nectar has been allowed to accumulate within the flower.
  • Hummingbird nectar is sweeter then Coca Cola!  Isn’t that amazing?  I certainly never heard that one before.   Talk about hummingbirds experiencing the ultimate sugar high except with their incredible metabolism that doesn’t get the chance to occur.
  • The average sugar concentration of the favorite flowers that hummingbirds like frequent is between 20-25% on average.

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