All About Hummingbirds

By Nora Roth, Kid Naturalist, age 9

Hi, my name is Nora. I am 9 nine years old and live in Peoria and love the outdoors and animals. I would like to tell you about hummingbirds. My family and I enjoy watching them fly around in our yard.  

Hummingbirds are interesting. Hummingbirds are very small, so small that the smallest type is called the Bee Hummingbird. They are the only birds that can fly forwards, backwards and upside down. Their wings flap so fast you can’t see them. Hummingbirds are pollinators, which means they help to move pollen from one flower to another, this is important to help them continue to grow and survive. They like to drink nectar from their long bill and like the color red. That is why most hummingbird feeders are red in color. Most types of hummingbirds build nests that are cup shaped on branches, but some live-in tropical areas and their nests are on leaves. I hope that you are able to go outside and try to spot a hummingbird soon!