A big view on little birds

Hummingbirds hover like helicopters

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Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds of the air, but they have a big presence on the webcam above.

Hummingbird hover

Look at the monitor above. It’s a live feed from the nest of a wild female channel island hummingbird named Phoebe. Located in a rose bush, it’s no larger than a golf ball and is made from feathers, leaves and other plant parts. It’s all held together with spider webs.

Eggs that Phoebe lays are the size of a breath mint (tic-tac). They hatch after about 17 days from when they are laid.

The chicks will continue to grow in the nest for about three to four weeks before fledging. She has been laying four to five clutches each year for several years.

Click here for more information about Phoebe's hatches, camera set-up and more.

If you're lucky, you might just see Phoebe hover in and feed her baby chicks.

What do you think about seeing these little creatures? Do you have a hummingbird story of your own? Share your thoughts about hummingbirds with other museum visitors by typing in comments below.

Solomon Fwjchim Xiong's picture
Solomon Fwjchim Xiong says:

what is the biggest bird on the planet

posted on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:18am
MJ's picture
MJ says:

I Think little birds make a big difference in the community.

posted on Thu, 05/23/2013 - 10:19am
asa's picture
asa says:

the amount of birds that can fit in one nest at a time is at least 2 adults and 3 babies.

posted on Sun, 05/19/2013 - 10:29am
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Xman says:

Humming birds can flap their wings 100 tims per minute

posted on Sat, 05/18/2013 - 4:00pm
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morgan pickett says:

hummingbirds wings can flap at 90 times per minute. Their eaten by larger birds and spiders and love to eat nectar and praying mantis.

posted on Sat, 05/18/2013 - 12:23pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 11:10am
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katya says:

hello my name is katya and I,m hear to tell you that birds are amazing flyers and that if you tried to see a humming birds wings you can,t because they move really fast and they drink nectar fron plants.

A humming bird female tend to the chicks alone with help from males.

posted on Sat, 05/18/2013 - 4:59pm
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addi says:

do hummingbirds abandon their nests if some one touchs

posted on Fri, 05/17/2013 - 10:02am
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anonymous person says:

i wonder how many humming birds can fit in 1 nest and how long they live for! if you know the awnser please reply.
never going to know me,
anonimous person.

posted on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 10:55am
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jenna gregory says:

because they have a long slim beak'p

posted on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:07am
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maggie says:

huming bird flap there 75 imes per second.

posted on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 11:00am
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Ashtyn Schneberger says:

What do humming birds eat?

posted on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 11:55am
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Daneka says:

Hummingbirds eat seeds, sugar water, and juice!!!

Your Welcome!

posted on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 9:12am
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Caitlin says:

They eat nector some times and small bugs (:

posted on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 8:59am
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tabitha says:


posted on Tue, 05/14/2013 - 12:02pm
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anijah says:

I think that birds are family to us too! LIKE TOTALLY!

posted on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 4:23pm
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posted on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 2:28pm
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rachel & emma says:

it depends! the bird will make the nest dependingn on how big their family,is and the size of each one in it! like ann eagle is big, so their nest will be big! a robin is small, so their nest will be small! hope this helps :)
rachel & emma

posted on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 1:02pm
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jack and ryan says:

why can two hummingbirds sit in one nest

posted on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 9:51am
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Izach says:

Because they are so small

posted on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 11:58am
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jordan says:

why do the huming birds have long beacks and why do they like honey

posted on Sun, 05/12/2013 - 10:31am
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Haley says:

My aunts house has a lot of bird feeders there and one of the most come in birds is the hummingbird and it is the most interesting bird to look.

posted on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 11:29am
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marcos da silva says:

If you ask me, the nest cam is the best idea ever.

posted on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 1:06pm
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suger punch says:

they look hungry.

posted on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 1:22pm
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ekc12 says:

we have a family of birds that come and nest on our roof every year. we can see them from our bathroom window!!

posted on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 6:02pm
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Minika W. says:

How long can a hummingbird live?

posted on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 1:37pm
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cree and catherine says:

she suffucating her chicks. or pooping on them? not quite sure. this has been going on for 10 minutes now....OH MY GOSH SHE LEFT. ill model myparenting after her.

posted on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 8:37am
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eman says:

birds are beautiful and dashing! and also shes not pooping on them.....

posted on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 11:19am
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crystal says:

it is just so cute.just seeing a mother feeding and siting on her hatched babies.it is so weired.just siting on her hatched

posted on Thu, 04/25/2013 - 3:06pm
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lillian mary says:

in school we watch eagles. Its nice to see hummingbirds for a change. They're facinating. I like their bright colors! :)

posted on Sun, 04/21/2013 - 3:46pm
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brett juleff says:

in my school we have a hawk on one of are light poles on the football field

posted on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:56am
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Gabriel Everson says:

They breathe so fast and I hope they arent cold

posted on Sun, 04/21/2013 - 12:01pm
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Anonymous says:

How long do the hummingbird egges tack to hach

posted on Sat, 05/04/2013 - 11:52am
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lilly lokowich says:

they are very small and they eat necture and bugs and they are very fast.

posted on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 2:54pm
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caitlin says:

with out birds, our world is boring with no music in the morning:(

posted on Sat, 04/20/2013 - 1:37pm
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Lucas Kroll says:

In Brazil where I'm from there are humming birds everywhere

posted on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 9:50am
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zspeed19 says:

humingbirds are cool little hyper birds. their heart rate must be very fast. maybe just a drone!!!

posted on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 9:06am
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jocelyn<3dwaynejohnson says:

poor eggs arent they cold where is there mom? :(

posted on Sat, 04/13/2013 - 4:00pm
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CCHI says:

their mom is just out getting them some food, she'll be back in a jiffy

posted on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 8:39am
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mayla says:

i love humming birds! there so cool! i think its cool on how fast they flap thier wings! :)

posted on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 9:05am
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Jane K says:

So patient! How does she get food?

posted on Thu, 04/11/2013 - 8:27pm
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andrew says:

the eggs are really small

posted on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 12:44pm
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e says:

she is very quick and you cant see her

posted on Sun, 04/14/2013 - 11:03am
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lauren says:

she gets foood by eating the food yu give her ...

posted on Sat, 04/13/2013 - 9:19am
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Lucie! says:

Humming Birds are one of my favorite birds. Although they are small, they can be very vicious. They are the only type of birds who can dive diagonal!!!!

posted on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 2:47pm
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trisha says:

humming birds are a very interesting little thinger to study. They have very good bone structure, but also are annoying and eat all my dang flowers. :( #whitegirlprobs

posted on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 10:12am
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awesomness says:

if youo can see their wings you can see which way the seams are moving one a baseball when it its pitched to you

posted on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:05am
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enderawsome says:

my favorite humming bird is the ruby throated hummingbird I love them most of all because of the color

posted on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 9:38am
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gabbi says:

one time i took care of a baby annas humming bird.His name was Shaggy.My mom had found him in our garden.We kept him for about a month. He had a broken wing.We constantly feed him humming bird food through a Capri Sun straw,about every 5 minutes.He was absolutley adorable.The local shelter wouldnt take him.

posted on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 4:27pm
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ryley says:

what do male humingbirds look like?

posted on Sat, 04/06/2013 - 3:01pm

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