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Hummingbirds (Readers Advance(TM) Science Readers)



Have you ever seen a bird so small that you weren’t sure that it was a bird? It was probably a hummingbird!

This nonfiction book, Hummingbirds, reveals what is unique about this tiny creature and much more! Includes a glossary of bold-faced vocabulary words, reading activities, an index of terms, and an answer key.

Reading Level: 3, Fountas and Pinnell: Level O, Interest Level: 3–6.

The Readers Advance(TM)Science, Mark Twain Media series is a perfect Common Core resource to support the development of nonfiction reading skills.

The selected science topics correspond to the most popular science topics currently being taught at each grade level.

The high-interest, informational text is leveled to the respected Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading leveling system to ensure a young reader’s success.

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Hummingbirds Stickers (Dover Little Activity Books Stickers)

Hummingbird Car Charm

Hummingbird Car Charm

This exciting sticker collection includes full-color portraits of a flock of nature’s smallest and most brilliantly colored birds.

Nineteen varieties of hummingbirds — all realistically posed — include the streamertail, Costa’s hummingbird, crimson pella, booted racket-tail, plovercrest, blue-tufted starthroat, and 13 other exotic species.

Sure to delight bird lovers and sticker fans.

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It’s a Hummingbird’s Life

It's a Hummingbird's Life

It’s a Hummingbird’s Life

It’s a Hummingbird’s Life is an intimate view of the busy, fascinating world of these birds.

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A Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America (Peterson Field Guides(R))

Hummingbirds (Peterson Field Guides)

Hummingbirds (Peterson Field Guides)

Hummingbirds, a Peterson Field Guide, covers 31 North American species. With more than 250 color photos and 33 maps, this is the most comprehensive field guide to hummingbirds.

Introductory chapters cover the natural history of hummingbirds, ways to attract and feed them, and major hot spots in the United States and Canada for observing these fascinating birds.

The 31 color plates illustrate 28 species, 7 hybrid combinations, 3 forms of albinism, and 4 species of sphinx moths often mistaken for hummingbirds.

Species accounts provide in-depth information on plumage, molt, songs and calls, wing sounds, similar species, behavior, habitat, distribution, taxonomy, and conservation concerns.

Detailed, up-to-date range maps show breeding, non-breeding, and year-round distribution, migration routes, and records outside expected areas of occurrence. For a few widespread migratory species, separate maps illustrate expected spring arrival dates.

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Hummingbirds of North America: Attracting, Feeding, and Photographing

Hummingbirds of North America

Hummingbirds of North America

In Hummingbirds of North America

“Ace photographer Dan True conveys his passion for these buzzing aeronauts by describing all 16 species of North American hummers, listing their favorite flowers and going into detail about their habits, courtship, and distribution. He then tells us how to photograph them as he does with such consummate skill. Here in one book is all you could hope to know about our hummingbirds north of the border.”–Roger Tory Peterson

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Get to Know Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Author: Marquise Smith

Ruby-throated hummingbird public domain USFWA
Ruby-throated hummingbird public domain USFWA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Known as North America’s sole breeding hummingbird, the ruby-throated hummingbird can be easily spotted by their flash of green and red colors as it flies by. Ruby-throated hummingbirds can be best identified by their bright color pattern, including an emerald green color found on their back and crown as well as gray-white under parts. With the ability to fly straight and fast while stopping instantaneously, ruby-throated hummingbirds can change their flying position with exquisite control and accuracy.

Decorative Hummingbird Feeders – If you are looking for a hummingbird feeder that represents your style and will not only attract hummingbirds, but also be a conversation centerpiece in your backyard, then a decorative hummingbird feeder is the perfect choice for you! With a variety of decorative feeders including, hand painted feeders, colored glass feeders, as well as elegant accent feeders, you can be sure to find the perfect feeder that fits your style!

Ruby-throated hummingbirds are known for their very high metabolism, due in part to the amazing speed at which they flap their wings and fly around. When looking for food and nectar, these hummingbirds prefer colorful, tubular flowers including trumpet creeper, honeysuckle, and red morning glory flowers as a nectar source.

These amazing creatures can be found within the deciduous woodlands of eastern North America as well as in Canada during the warmer months of the year. Once the weather turns cooler, this species spends their winter in places such as Mexico or even Central America. To get a better view of where these hummingbirds can be found, take a look at our migration map. Here, you can submit sightings of hummingbirds or just check in to see what hummingbirds have been spotted in your area!In addition to adding a feeder to your backyard, a second way to attract hummingbirds to your backyard is as simple as planting flowers.

The ruby-throated hummingbirds are only one out of many species of hummingbirds found within North America. As such a remarkable species, these little birds are the perfect addition to any backyard bird watching enthusiast. Check out our hummingbird species library on to learn more about the various species of hummingbirds you can attract to your backyard!

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Author is well known for his writings about various types of birds. Get to know about various aspects to take care of Birds like humming birds. You will also find much information about various types of bird feeders .

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Hummingbird Nectar

Humming birds are found throughout the Americas including the Caribbean. Known for their hovering ability and unique ability to fly backwards, humming birds hover by rapidly flapping their wings at speeds up to 80 times a second.

The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world at only 2 inches long and around 1. 8 grams.

The Giant Hummingbird is the largest hummingbird at 24 grams and approximately 8 inches long. They have the fastest metabolism of a birds and to sustain this they must eat their own weight and more in food daily. To do this they must visit hundreds of blooms a day to harvest the nectar.

They have long bills and tongues to reach deep into flowers. They are able to slow down their metabolisms when at rest, unlike most other high metabolism animals and this extends their lifespan which has been reported to be up to 17 years.

A Hummingbird Friendly Garden

To attract humming birds to your garden plant brightly coloured flowers and shrubs. Hummingbirds have very little sense of smell but are attracted to bright colours. Hanging a hummingbird feeder in your garden or on your patio will attract these lovely birds.

Annuals to plant include beard tongue, salvia, petunia, jewelweed, jacobinia, impatiens, and firespike. Perennial plants to attract hummingbirds include foxglove, hosta, hummingbird mint, lupine, yucca, cardinal flower, bee balm, canna and columbine. For trees and shrubs choose azalea, buddleia, cape honeysuckle, mimosa, weigela, flame acanthus, lantana, red buckeye and tree tobacco.

Do not use pesticides in your garden as, not only will they kill bugs and insects that the hummingbirds eat but any residue left on flowers could be ingested by them. Also provide lots of perching places as hummingbirds spend about 80% of the time resting on twigs, clothes lines etc.

Provide plants that will supply nesting materials to attract female hummingbirds. They prefer downy nesting material from trees such as eucalyptus and willow and from ferns, mosses and lichens.

Hanging brightly coloured feeders in your garden will attract the hummingbirds. A good ideas is to attach red ribbons that blow around the feeder. It is also a good idea to provide feeders at different heights as hummingbird species have different preferences.

Species that favor low growing plants will visit a feeder placed lower while species that feed on taller plants and shrubs will prefer to visit a feeder placed in a higher position. Hummingbirds are also very territorial and one hummingbird may defend a single feeder and prevent others from approaching. Place at least three feeders at different heights around your garden.

Hummingbirds love to bathe in the mist on leaves so you could place a mister close to any broadleaved plants to provide them with a bathing place.

Making Hummingbird Nectar

Make a sweet nectar by mixing together a cup of sugar and four cups of pre-boiled water. Cool and store in the refrigerator. Unused nectar can safely be stored for about a week. Thoroughly clean hummingbird feeders weekly by rinsing with a solution of one cup of vinegar to four cups of water then rinsing with plain water. Fill with the nectar and hang in a shady place. Do not use any food colouring or synthetic sweeteners or honey as it can ferment and have a fungus that is harmful. Change the nectar in your feeder all three days or more mainly in hotter weather.

Give the hummingbirds the food they love and a comfortable environment and they’ll visit our garden often.

Attracting Hummingbirds and Other Birds to Your Yard

A bird feeder or bird house is a great way to attract birds to your yard, patio or garden—and keep them coming back. Plus, bird houses and feeders can be decorative, adding style and charm to any environment.

Hummingbird Feeders

Hummingbird feeders are designed to contain “nectar,” a cooked syrup of sugar and water that helps the tiny birds sustain the energy level needed to so their aerobatic feat such as hovering in mid air.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red, because many of the flowers they naturally sip from are red or have red undertones to their flowers that hummingbirds can see (even if we humans cannot). Some people use clear feeders and dye the nectar red with food coloring to attract the hummingbirds. However, it is best for the birds if you use clear nectar and put it in a red feeder.

You should wash and refill hummingbird feeders at least weekly to prevent the growth of mold or bacteria and keep the hummingbirds coming back for more.

Other Bird Feeders

Many birds can be attracted by feeding them bird seed, suet, or mealy bugs. That gives us something to watch when the hummingbirds have flown away for the winter.

The feeders can be plain or decorative, depending on what you prefer. In many parts of the country it is worth investing in squirrel-proof feeders. Even if you do not mind feeding the squirrels, you may want to keep your furry pals from spilling the birdseed and making a mess on the ground below. You can buy squirrel feeders if you want to, to keep them happy, too.

Be sure to clean your bird feeders at least monthly to keep them clean, safe and attractive to birds.

Bird Houses

Bird houses are a good way to attract beneficial birds such as Purple Martins, which eat mosquitoes, and songbirds. Bird houses can also help protect certain threatened species, such as bluebirds, that have been losing their nesting areas at an alarming rate in recent decades.

Well-designed and well-placed bird houses can help protect nesting birds from predators, including squirrels, rats, snakes, and domestic pets like cats. Bird houses with entrances that are properly sized for smaller species can also exclude larger species that prey on their eggs or nestlings.

Besides being fun to watch, bird houses can also be beautiful to look at, even when the birds are not around. Designs range from tiny, natural-looking and unobtrusive to clever, stylish, artistic, humorous, large or whimsical.

For best results, though, buy from a bird house specialist so that you get the right house, designed for the birds you want to attract, preferably with instructions on the best way to position it. Different bird species have different needs and preferences.

You need to get the right kind of bird house and put it in the right type of location to attract the species or type of bird you want to attract. Otherwise they may just pass it by. Bird houses should be cleaned at least once a year.

Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas — Book Review

Hummingbird Facts and Folklore book.

Hummingbird Facts and Folklore from the Americas book.

Hummingbirds, Facts and Folklore from the Americas, is a wonderful and surprising new book by Jeanette Larson and Adrienne Yorinks. You can enjoy this book as  biology, folklore and art.

It is wonderful because this 64-page, 8 x 10 book is packed full of beautifully written facts and stories. Even if you have already been reading about hummingbirds I’ll almost guarantee you will find facts in this book that you have not run across before.

The book is concise, authoritative, and easy to understand. It is also entertaining and fun to read. I recommend it for adults and children alike. Author Jeanette Larson is a librarian as well as a writer, and the research, like the writing, was apparently a labor of love.

The book is surprising because the beautiful, realistic illustrations were created with fabric and needlework. Co-author Adrienne Yorinks illustrated the book with her own original needle art.

You can see thousands of hummingbird photos on the Web, but you’ve never seen anything like Yorinks’s simply beautiful needlework paintings. The book would make a great gift for someone who loves the fabric arts.

One reason this is a great book for both adults and children is that while the facts are fascinating, each chapter also includes a Native American teaching story on hummingbirds: (more…)

Attracting Birds to a Tropical Garden

Some individuals enjoy bird watching but prefer to do their bird watching in their back yard. Below is some advice on attracting wild birds to your back yard.

Firstly it depends upon having wild birds in the general area where your house is located and then you can attract then to your backyard. The method used to attract the birds will depend upon what is the diet of the bird.

If the bird is a nectar feeder e.g. bananaquits or hummingbirds, then large flowering plants will attract them. Hummingbird bills are perfectly adapted to the various types of flowers that they feed on, so different types of flowers will attract different hummingbirds.

Some hummingbirds have especially curved or elongated bills that allow them to feed on special flowers, eg the White-tipped Sicklebill hummingbird whose downward curving bill allows it to draw nectar from heliconias. The Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird has a short and slightly decurved bill that is suited to feeding on the flowers of the ixora shrub.

The Blue-tailed Emerald has a short bill that is suited for feeding on the Hibiscus flower. The Copper-rumped Hummingbird has a straight long bill that allows it to feed on medium sized tube shaped flowers such as the allamanda. (more…)