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Nectar provides a rich source of energy for many small birds. Though these birds must supplement their diet with other foods. Hummingbirds constitute the largest family of nectivores with approximately 350 species in the New World.


feeding on common aloe (Aloe barbadensis) nectar from flower

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Bananaquit      Coereba flaveola
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Bonaire, Captain Don's Habitat

Beautiful Sunbird

at flower

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Beautiful Sunbird      Cinnyris pulchellus

Black-and-red Myzomela

drinking nectar from flower

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Black-and-red Myzomela      Myzomela rosenbergii
Papua New Guinea, Mt. Hagen Western Highlands

Black-bellied Hummingbird

Feeding on flower - Costus

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Black-bellied Hummingbird      Eupherusa nigriventris

Black-chinned Hummingbird

feeding on Claret Cup Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus)

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Black-chinned Hummingbird      Archilochus alexandri
USA; Texas, Hill Country, Uvalde Co.

Black-throated Flowerpiercer

feeding at Fuschia flowers

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Black-throated Flowerpiercer      Diglossa brunneiventris

Broad-billed Hummingbird

feeding at cholla cactus flower

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Broad-billed Hummingbird      Cynanthus latirostris
USA; Arizona, .

Broad-billed Hummingbird

feeding at Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja

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Broad-billed Hummingbird      Cynanthus latirostris
USA; Arizona, Madera Canyon, Bog Springs Campground, Santa Rita Mts., Santa Cruz Co.

Broad-billed Hummingbird

at Mexican Cigar

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Broad-billed Hummingbird      Cynanthus latirostris
USA; Louisiana, Thiboduax

Broad-tailed Hummingbird

feeding on columbine

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Broad-tailed Hummingbird      Selasphorus platycercus
USA; Arizona, Paradise, Chiricahua Mts., Cochise Co.

Buff-tailed Sicklebill

feeding on Heliconia flower

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Buff-tailed Sicklebill      Eutoxeres condamini
Ecuador; Morona-Santiago, 5 km SW Taisha

Costa's Hummingbird

feeding at Penstemon superbus, or "superb beardtongue" or "superb penstemon"

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Costa's Hummingbird      Calypte costae
USA; Arizona, Catalina, Pima Co.

Curve-billed Thrasher

at cactus fruit

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Curve-billed Thrasher      Toxostoma curvirostre
USA; Arizona, Tucson, Pima Co.

Eastern Olive Sunbird

feeding at Leonotis flowers

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Eastern Olive Sunbird      Cyanomitra olivacea
Kenya, Chyulu Hills

Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird

at flower

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Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird      Anthreptes orientalis

Giant Hummingbird

at agave flower

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Giant Hummingbird      Patagona gigas
Ecuador, Near Quito, highlands of Ecuador

Hachisuka's Sunbird

feeding at flower

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Hachisuka's Sunbird      Aethopyga primigenius
Philippines, Mindanao, Davao City, Baracatan, 1100 m.

Hooded Oriole

getting nectar from legume flower

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Hooded Oriole      Icterus cucullatus
Mexico, Riviera Maya

Hunter's Sunbird

at flower

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Hunter's Sunbird      Chalcomitra hunteri

Large Cactus-Finch

at cactus flower, Opuntia

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Large Cactus-Finch      Geospiza conirostris
Galapagos, Genovesa Is. (Tower Is.)

Little Spiderhunter

foraging on banana flower

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Little Spiderhunter      Arachnothera longirostra
Malaysia, Taman Negara National Park

Masked Flowerpiercer

piercing flower

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Masked Flowerpiercer      Diglossa cyanea
Colombia, Manizales, Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve

Mountain Black-eye

feeding on nectar in bush with yellow flowers

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Mountain Black-eye      Chlorocharis emiliae
Malaysia, Borneo, Sabah, Malaysia, Sabah, Kinabalu Park, Laban Rata 3,275 m.

Nepal Sunbird

feeding on flower

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Nepal Sunbird      Aethopyga nipalensis
India, Eastern Himalayan hills

Orange-crowned Warbler

feeding on Oregon Grape flowers - Mahonia

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Orange-crowned Warbler      Vermivora celata
Canada; British Columbia, Penticton

Purple-throated Sunbird

at flower

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Purple-throated Sunbird      Leptocoma sperata
Indonesia, Ytanjung Putting NP Kalimantan, Borneo

Rainbow Starfrontlet

feeding a purple tubular flower

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Rainbow Starfrontlet      Coeligena iris
Ecuador; Loja, Utuana 2,400 m.

Red-tailed Comet

feeding a purple tubular flower

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Red-tailed Comet      Sappho sparganura

Red-throated Sunbird

at flower

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Red-throated Sunbird      Anthreptes rhodolaema
Indonesia, Tanjung Putting NP, Kalimantan, Borneo

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

feeding at jewelweed, Imaptiens

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird      Archilochus colubris
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Sand Ridge Nature Center

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

feeding at Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal flower

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird      Archilochus colubris
Canada; Quebec, Quebec City

Slaty Flowerpiercer

piercing base of Datura flower

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Slaty Flowerpiercer      Diglossa plumbea

Streaked Spiderhunter

nectaring on banana flower

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Streaked Spiderhunter      Arachnothera magna
Thailand, Kaeng Krachan

Sword-billed Hummingbird

feeding at Datura flower

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Sword-billed Hummingbird      Ensifera ensifera
Ecuador, Guango Lodge

Tennessee Warbler

feeding in flower

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Tennessee Warbler      Vermivora peregrina
USA; Illinois, Chicago, Montrose Point

Velvet-purple Coronet

Feeding at a red flower

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Velvet-purple Coronet      Boissonneaua jardini
Ecuador, Tandayapa Valley

Violet Sabrewing

flying and feeding at flower

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Violet Sabrewing      Campylopterus hemileucurus
Costa Rica, Costa Rica

Violet-bellied Hummingbird

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Violet-bellied Hummingbird      Damophila julie
Ecuador, Bueneventura Lodge in southwest Ecuador

Violet-tailed Sylph

Feeding at a red flower

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Violet-tailed Sylph      Aglaiocercus coelestis
Ecuador, Mindo Loma Reserve

White-winged Dove

at cactus flower

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White-winged Dove      Zenaida asiatica
USA; Arizona, Tucson, Pima Co.

White-winged Dove

Drinking nectar from Saguaro cactus blossom

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White-winged Dove      Zenaida asiatica
USA; Arizona, Tucson Pima County

Woodpecker Finch

piercing flower

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Woodpecker Finch      Camarhynchus pallidus
Galapagos, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Is. (Indefatigable Is.)