20 Beautiful Hummingbird Pictures You Must See

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Beautiful Hummingbirds

These beautiful hummingbird pictures will hopefully inspire you to do what you can to help protect these sublime little birds. Weighing in at just 4 grams (which is less than the weight of two pennies), these tiny birds beat their wings 80 times every second. And their hearts beat, on average, 1,260 beat per minute! (Farmer’s Almanac)

 

Threats to Hummingbirds

As is happening to bird species worldwide, hummingbirds are under threat for a number of human-caused reasons, so it’s up to us to do what we can to help them. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a global source of conservation information for animals, fungi, and plant species, hummingbirds are threatened for reasons that include:

  • Loss of habitat
  • Pesticide use
  • Changing temperatures from climate change, which disrupt their migratory patterns
  • Invasive, non-native plants that prevent native plants from growing, which hummingbirds rely on for nectar
  • Domestic and feral cats

Today, 37 species, which is 10 percent of all hummingbird species, are threatened with extinction, according to Defenders of Wildlife. At the end of this post, you’ll find additional resources on what you can do to help hummingbirds.

 

Beautiful Hummingbird Photos

Here are a few of my favorite hummingbird photos from Instagram. Be sure to follow the generous photographers who shared these lovely photos!

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A post shared by CareyJo Titus (@wildatheartphotography) on

 

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A post shared by Laura (@myhummingbirdheaven) on

 

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A post shared by Adam Rainoff Photographer (@arainoffphoto) on

 

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A post shared by Nicolas Murillo (@nicolas_murillo_r) on

 

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A post shared by Dorian Anderson (@dorian_anderson_photography) on

 

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A post shared by Vikki’s Hummingbirds (@newportbeachtweet) on

 

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A post shared by The Magic Birding Circuit (@magic.birding) on

 

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A post shared by Laura (@myhummingbirdheaven) on

 

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A post shared by Sofía García H (@sofiagah) on

 

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A post shared by Forest Fory Graham (@forygraham1) on

 

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A post shared by Regiane Ferreira (@regianeferreira_photo) on

 

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A post shared by Ty (@fawlingfeatherz) on

 

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A post shared by Bieds (@birds_world_ig) on

 

Hummingbird Resources

Hummingbird Society

Audubon Society

American Bird Conservancy

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Operation Ruby Throat

The Hummingbird Monitoring Network

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