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How do hummingbirds migrate long distances?

Last Updated: 15th June, 2020

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Each year, thousands of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds fly over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico rather than follow the longer shoreline route. These brave little birds will fly non-stop up to 500 miles to reach U.S. shores. It takes approximately 18-22 hours to complete this amazing solitary flight.

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Thereof, how far do hummingbirds fly in a day when migrating?

The ruby-throated hummingbird flies 500 miles nonstop across the Gulf of Mexico during both its spring and fall migrations. It is a myth, however, that these tiny birds "ride" on the back of other birds during migration—they fly this distance entirely on their own.

Subsequently, question is, do hummingbirds migrate by themselves? It's quite amazing, but hummingbirds do migrate by themselves, under their own power, and as solitary migrants, not in flocks. But most of the species that breed north of Mexico in the U.S. & Canada do migrate to separate wintering grounds.

In this regard, do hummingbirds return to the same place every year?

The northward migration is complete by late May. Banding studies show that each bird tends to return every year to the same place it hatched, even visiting the same feeders. See the Ruby-throated migration map for the species' range and earliest arrival dates.

How do hummingbirds migrate south for the winter?

Fact: Most, but not all, hummingbirds migrate south for winter. The Anna's hummingbird stays along the West Coast year-round. Myth: Hummingbirds sip nectar through their bills like a straw. Fact: Hummingbirds use their tongues to lap up nectar and sugar water at about 13 licks per second.

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