Discover the Truth About Common Hummingbird Myths

Should I add red dye to hummingbird feeders? Find out as we separate the hummingbird myths from the real facts.

Knowing true facts rather than false claims about hummingbirds will make a big difference between hurting or saving your hummingbird friends. Staying informed will not only add a great conversation topic but will also provide information and help correct the record of some common hummingbird misconceptions and myths.

Attracting hummingbirds is easier when you know how to tell truth from fiction. We take a closer look at some common myths about hummingbirds and have the answers.

Myths about hummingbird migration

  • Myth: Hummingbirds ride on geese as they migrate south.
  • Reality: This legend is funny but false. Hummingbirds and Canadian geese migrate at different times and to different destinations.


  • Myth: All hummingbirds migrate.
  • Reality: Most, but not all, hummingbirds migrate south in winter. Anna's hummingbird runs along the west coast year-round.


  • Myth: Keeping hummingbird feeders awake in late fall delays southward migration.
  • Reality: It will not interfere with hummingbird migration. They know how to fly south as the days get shorter. This is why you should leave the feeders open for late migrating hummingbirds.

Do hummingbirds drink nectar?

  • Myth: Hummingbirds drink nectar through their beads like a straw.
  • Reality: Hummingbirds use their tongues to absorb nectar and sugar water at approximately 13 licks per second.

Should the sugar water be red?

  • Myth: Adding red food coloring to sugar water will attract more hummingbirds.
  • Reality: You don't need to add food coloring to the sugar water. Feeders with red parts do the trick to get your attention.


  • Myth: Hummingbirds only eat nectar and sugar water.
  • Reality: Insects and small spiders are also an important part of a hummingbird's diet.


  • Myth: The only natural predators of hummingbirds are larger birds.
  • Fact: In addition to other birds like hawks, hummingbirds should be on the lookout for cats, spiders, snakes, and even frogs.

Hummingbird gardening

  • Myth: Hummingbirds feed only on red flowers.
  • Fact: Although they are attracted to red flowers, these little frills will gladly feed on any colorful nectar-producing flower.

We hope you enjoy this video about Hummingbird Facts:

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