Hummingbirds live in woods, meadows, prairies, and forest edges. They can often be found in parks and backyards. While in Central America, they’re more likely to be observed in scrubland, rather than rainforests. They will defend their food sources jealously against competition (see video below!). These can also include small insects which are important protein source for newly hatched chicks and juvenile birds.
Hummingbirds can beat its wings more than 50 times a second, in order to remain airborne. Because of this, they can hover and stop instantly, as well as maneuver backwards. These skills are put to good use during the courtship display. Males fly in front of their partners in a wide arc, making a buzzing noise on each pass (this motion has been described as a “pendulum”). Females usually raise their broods alone, however, with the incubation period lasting less than two weeks. The young are usually ready to fly 20 days after hatching.