The Lifespan of the Hummingbird

Although most hummingbirds are found in the wild there are some that live in captivity.  Those found in captivity are most likely found at zoos or aviaries.  Have you ever wondered if there is a difference in the lifespan of a hummingbird depending on where it lives?  If so, then I have the answer for you.

A hummingbird in captivity lives longer then those found in the wild.  A hummingbird in captivity has a lifespan of ten years or longer.  A hummingbird in the wild has an average lifespan of three to five years.

There are many expainations to help explain the differences in the length of lifespan.  Hummingbirds in capitity do not have to make long nigratory journeys and therefore their feathers are less likely to ware out as quickly.  These birds live in a safe and protected habitat so they don’t face preditors.  Also, their habitat is designed to provide the food and nurishment they require.  These same things can’t be said of hummingbirds found in the wild therefore they face many more hazzards and challanges throughout life.

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