A big view on little birds

Hummingbirds hover like helicopters

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Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds of the air, but they have a big presence on the webcam above.

Hummingbird hover

Look at the monitor above. It’s a live feed from the nest of a wild female channel island hummingbird named Phoebe. Located in a rose bush, it’s no larger than a golf ball and is made from feathers, leaves and other plant parts. It’s all held together with spider webs.

Eggs that Phoebe lays are the size of a breath mint (tic-tac). They hatch after about 17 days from when they are laid.

The chicks will continue to grow in the nest for about three to four weeks before fledging. She has been laying four to five clutches each year for several years.

Click here for more information about Phoebe's hatches, camera set-up and more.

If you're lucky, you might just see Phoebe hover in and feed her baby chicks.

What do you think about seeing these little creatures? Do you have a hummingbird story of your own? Share your thoughts about hummingbirds with other museum visitors by typing in comments below.

my name is kiararrrrrrrrararara's picture
my name is kiararrrrrrrrararara says:

my gramma loves bireds andwhen i go to her home we look and feed all the bired it is fun

posted on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 1:40pm
Collin's picture
Collin says:

Did you know they can fly backwards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 12:02pm
carson's picture
carson says:

it looks like it had a bunch of caffeine

posted on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 12:01pm
Carly Baumer's picture
Carly Baumer says:

We see hummingbirds at the cabin in Grand Rapids, Minnesota every summer. Their wings fly fast and I have seen them fly backwards.

posted on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 3:04pm
diamondfoxes's picture
diamondfoxes says:

i <3 humming birds there so cute butt at times boring but you know the nest is unitended rihgt now i woonder why oh thers the humming bird doing something that i don't know i think its shaking not shure wow look at that color soooooooooooo pritty i know i spelled a coupel of things wrong bye lol

posted on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:19pm
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Amaya B Batie says:

that nest is really small . now the bird is inside.

posted on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 11:11am
dan.'s picture
dan. says:

your realy small

posted on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:11pm
sofie grouws 's picture
sofie grouws says:

no it isn't small it's nano!

posted on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 3:19pm
wow's picture
wow says:

this is so small of a nest. i can almost touch it.

posted on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool grow alittle more !

posted on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 1:29pm
Alexa's picture
Alexa says:

I made a birdhouse for a hummingbird in woodshop

posted on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 4:01pm
thfgh's picture
thfgh says:

hummmers can be mean

posted on Sun, 03/31/2013 - 3:46pm
harriet's picture
harriet says:

a pink hummingbird is beautiful! It is amazing that hummingbirds lay eggs that are the size of a tic tac mints. Hummingbirds are such a cool bid.

posted on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 1:35pm
breann's picture
breann says:

hummingbirds are really small and it's amazing that their wings go really fast and they suck neckter

posted on Sat, 03/30/2013 - 12:06pm
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johny johnson says:

what do hummingbirds eat

posted on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 4:58pm
Savannah's picture
Savannah says:

Hummingbirds eat nectar from flowers. :)

posted on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 2:34pm
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blahblah14 says:

once i saw a blue ish turquise ish hummingbird

posted on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:55am
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bella and ruthie says:

wow did you know hummingbirds have nosense of time.

posted on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 7:08pm
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buzz/ delete says:

did you know hummingbird male have more colors than the female?

posted on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:49pm
fufa's picture
fufa says:

oh wow i did not know that i thought the female would be more colorful

posted on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 3:46pm
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tony greaves says:

not all female are colorful

posted on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 2:42pm
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buzz/ delete says:

have you ever seen one in a bird bath go to google and look up hummingbird in a bird bath

posted on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:46pm
jojo's picture
jojo says:

i have a feeder in my backyard i see a lot of ruby throated hummingbirds and think they are pretty

posted on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:36pm
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ILoveHummingBirds says:

About how meny Humming Birds live in CA and where in the wrold are Humming Birds most abbundent? PEACE OUT

posted on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 12:19pm
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la fomda says:

How long do humming birds live?

posted on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 9:41am
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That randome guy says:

Fast birdies

posted on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 6:47pm
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alexandra haugen says:

i can't believe the hummingbird left it's nest!

posted on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 6:11pm
e bomb's picture
e bomb says:

Birds flap their wings to gain height and momentum for flyng and being awesome while being a bird. Birds have legs that they walk on but they don't use them very often because they fly for transportation.

posted on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 4:37pm
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Reata Wazztys says:

omg like my house is right by a nest it is ssssssssssssoooooooooo awesome to watch the cute little birds make the nest and in two days the eggs will hatch. the birds are sssssssssssssssoooooooooo little when the first hatch i love watching it

posted on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 3:52pm
Emma J's picture
Emma J says:

how fast does a baby hummingbird's heart beat?

posted on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:50am
k's picture
k says:

How fast can a hummingbird fly?

posted on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 10:47am
riley's picture
riley says:

i truly love hummingbirds. all the time i sit outside and watch them feed off the honey water.

sometimes however, they can be really fiesty with one another! they will fight each other for the food or for a place to rest.

even so they are very beautiful and are a joy to watch on a summer day.

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 4:05pm
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Joshua Kroeze says:

Yeah, but they still rock! You con't even see their wings when they fly!

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 8:35pm
naomi's picture
naomi says:

humming birds wings beat rilly fast

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 3:57pm
Skelator's picture
Skelator says:

Are there any more species of birds that still exist that haven't been discovered?

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 3:30pm
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Annabeth Chase says:

I wonder how many hummingbirds are left in the world today? Do you think that they will ever become extinct? They are amazingly fast! And beautiful!!

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:09pm
pam's picture
pam says:

I can't believe how small their eggs are.

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 11:15am
hnr's picture
hnr says:

once, I saw a humming bird in my cousins back/front yard. It was green, blue and there was a hint of purple in it.

posted on Sun, 03/24/2013 - 3:14pm
zac's picture
zac says:

realy!!! wow mine 10000 colors

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 4:03pm
Skelator's picture
Skelator says:

When should we start feeding Humming birds in the spring in the Twin Cities?

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 3:28pm
harrison's picture
harrison says:

i have never seeen a humming bird in my life

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 1:44pm
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Jessica DiAngelo says:

Yeah, at my cabin in Wisconsin we have a hummingbird feeder and we see hummingbirds all the time;0)

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:06pm
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gracerfgrtbe says:

those colers are beutiful purple is my favorite color !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-gracefgrtbe

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:18am
AJ's picture
AJ says:

Are hummingbirds trainable to be messenger birds?

posted on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 4:43pm
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Celestia and Luna says:

We heard that hummingbirds are the smallest in existance. Is that true?

posted on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 4:41pm
jj's picture
jj says:

hummingbirds eggs are the size of a tic tac

posted on Sat, 03/23/2013 - 3:22pm
Maggie's picture
Maggie says:

I feed humming birds at my cabin

posted on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 3:25pm
kaleigh's picture
kaleigh says:

i also feed the humming birds at my cabin. sometimes they even actually come up to the door and knock because they want some of the bread i put out.do you think i should keep putting food out for them?

posted on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 4:39pm
katelynn's picture
katelynn says:

hummingbirds are cool and crepy. one time it was a hot day and i was drinking lemonade by my outside pool and a hummingbird comes and starts pecking at my cup! i got really scard.

posted on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 2:07pm
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tess says:

that would be scary one time i went outside and a hummingbird was im front of me i ran away and left the door open and came in side the bird flew everywere my mom and dad were there they could not get it after 2 hours we finally got it out

posted on Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:16am

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