Video and Still Pictures
One of our favorite hummingbird videos is on YouTube.
It shows the complete cycle of a nest in California — from eggs to feeding to young birds leaving the nest:
Here are pictures John Owens took of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and its babies in Louisiana:
The typical hummingbird nest is tiny, about the size of half an English walnut shell. The outer part is covered with moss and plant fibers. Sometimes it is shingled with lichens. The rest is made of plant down and spider webs.
The next picture is a Violet-Crowned Hummingbird sitting on a nest in southern Arizona:
Our Hummingbird Nest Pictures from Arizona:
This Blue-throated Hummingbird is incubating her eggs:
A hummingbird’s nest usually has two white eggs. They are less than half an inch long.
Here are two baby Black-Chinned Hummingbirds:
It is a remarkable sight when the mother hummingbird comes with food and two little heads pop up. The mother perches on the side of the nest, arches her back, stretches her neck, lifts her head, and holds her bill down to regurgitate nectar and half-digested insects to her babies. Her throat swells and she pumps her beak like a sewing needle.
In general, male hummingbirds contribute in no way to the building of nests or the care of young. (There are a few rare reports of male Ruby-throated and Male Rufous Hummingbirds incubating eggs. There is one report of a male Anna’s Hummingbird feeding young.)
Hummingbirds do not re-use the same nest, but often build again at the same location, occasionally right on top of the old nest.