Curious Nature: Backyard hummingbirds

Hummingbirds communicate with displays of flight, chirping and twittering especially when excited, and males will attract a female with their posturing. The humming sound is created as they flap their wings about 50 times per second. Territorial, they mate on neutral ground, with the female building the nest and caring for the young in her domain. If you have a nectar feeder in your yard, you may notice fewer birds during nesting time because the females often prefer insects for protein to raise their young. They have a good memory for food sources and will come back to the same flowers or bird feeders year after year.

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