Definition of hummingbird
: any of a family (Trochilidae) of tiny brightly colored nonpasserine American birds related to the swifts that have a very slender bill and an extensible tongue for sipping nectar and that usually hover rather than perch when feeding
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Bees love them, and butterflies and hummingbirds are drawn to them.
Butterflies and hummingbirds love coneflower blossoms, and then winter birds such as our trim Oregon juncos feast on their seeds in winter.
Plants that produce long, tubular flowers typically are pollinated by hummingbirds, butterflies and moths that access nectar with their long tongues.
Many flowers, such as salvias, that are fed on by butterflies and hummingbirds also attract bees and other insects.
A surprisingly simple explanation for the shape of bird eggs A sandpiper’s egg is shaped like a teardrop, an owl’s like a golf ball, and a hummingbird’s like a jelly bean.
A sandpiper’s egg is shaped like a teardrop, an owl’s like a golf ball, and a hummingbird’s like a jelly bean.
Hummingbirds are great fliers, but their closest relatives—the swifts—are even better, and while hummingbird eggs are symmetrical, swift eggs are pointed, more like pine nuts than Tic Tacs.
Hummingbirds lay eggs that look like Tic Tacs, owls lay nigh-perfect spheres, and sandpipers lay almost conical eggs that end in a rounded point.
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Definition of hummingbird for English Language Learners
: a very small, brightly colored American bird that has wings which beat very fast
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Definition of hummingbird for Students
: a tiny brightly colored American bird whose wings make a humming sound in flight
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