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.

doggy 's picture
doggy says:

Although they look very cute, they can actually be pretty nasty!

posted on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 11:33am
KK D's picture
KK D says:

I never knew that humming birds were that active in their nests!!!!

posted on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 3:49pm
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ava says:

their so adorable their eggs are the size of tic tacs:p

posted on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 3:40pm
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Devon Ewer says:

i think its cool that hummingbirds nest are the sze of golfballs and there eggs are the size tic tacs.

posted on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 1:31pm
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Kissa says:

its amazing that they are aso small but the eggs are big.

posted on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 11:28am
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Kenna and Emma and Eva says:

They're very cute! We never knew that hummingbirds' wings could move so fast!

posted on Thu, 03/21/2013 - 9:49am
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meghan says:

i like birds... but some times they can annoy me!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 10:35am
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nalani says:

i think hummingbirds cute one time there was humming bird in my front yard and my dad hummed like the bird

posted on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 3:03pm
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Gloria says:

Hummingbirds are amazing,delicately flying birds.

posted on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 12:49pm
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K MAN says:

that was a wierd but cool nest

posted on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 10:50am
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Maria Denlinger says:

I like to look and listen birds sing :-)

posted on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 12:40pm
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Lorenzo says:

Did you know that when you see a hummingbird in real life you cant see it's wings because they move so fast. :}

posted on Sat, 03/16/2013 - 1:18pm
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Tejas says:

I wish I was a humming bird.

posted on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 10:26am
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la-a says:

I'm a bird watcher!!

posted on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 1:28pm
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kylie says:

Me too! They are such beautiuful birds, their coats are pretty!

posted on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 12:07pm
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M.Elizabeth says:

I actually think it's kind of gross how they feed each other.

posted on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:41pm
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alannah says:

do they go south for winter

posted on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:18pm
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Maria Denlinger says:

Well i do know they go south for winter

posted on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 12:41pm
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Benjamin Fox says:

How many baby hummingbirds can be born at once?

posted on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 2:15pm
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Blake Sayers says:

At an average of 3 to 4, only 1 or 2 survive to adult hood.

posted on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:03pm
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lauren says:

do they go south in the winter like other birds

posted on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 9:40am
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Alexandra H. says:

I got to see her feed her babies!

posted on Tue, 03/12/2013 - 5:04pm
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maura says:

How old do they get?

posted on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 5:02pm
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jam says:

how do you catch a humming bird?

posted on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 4:40pm
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cool person says:

how big are their bodys

posted on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 12:55pm
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bk says:

how much do they weigh? I think they are really prretty!

posted on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 11:41am
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peyton says:

how fast can thay fly.

posted on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 11:06am
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Jazmyn says:

how fast can a baby hummingbirds heart beat?

posted on Sat, 03/09/2013 - 1:13pm
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Avery Elaine D. says:

how is it possible fo them to flap their wings that fast? how?

posted on Sat, 03/09/2013 - 12:07pm
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Maddie says:

do you know that the birds drink out of the feeders that liquid is all sugar and thats how they flap their wings so fast they have legs but they dont use them often because they are always flying because they have so much energy and their legs are very thin

posted on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:33pm
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Tyler S says:

it depends on the type. most are just made that way though

posted on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:10pm
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georgia says:

they are breathing so fast.

posted on Sat, 03/09/2013 - 11:55am
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Kylie says:

How much food does a hummingbird give to their babies a day?

posted on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 5:39pm
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callie says:

how fast can they beat their wings?

posted on Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:48pm
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huan nandez says:

pretty dang fast...

posted on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 4:11pm
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starlette says:

5000 pr second

posted on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 1:35pm
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macy says:

how much do they way

posted on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 5:47pm
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ryan roethke says:

we get hummingbirds at our house

posted on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 4:13pm
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Fifi says says:

humming birds are the cutest things ever and I think the edible flower's necter is yummy.

posted on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 11:22am
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a very cool person says:

very small eggs
pretty bird

posted on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 10:09am
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ashlynn says:

awesome and intellagent birds they fly soooo fast and backwards who knew?

posted on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 1:22pm
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Chelsey says:

I think that it is cool that such a small egg can produce such an obnoxious bird

posted on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 9:22am
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eron says:

i didn't no that phoebes' eggs where the size of a breath mint

posted on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 12:42pm
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Gavin says:

Did you know that humming birds can fly backwards?

posted on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 4:12pm
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Delani says:

I never knew they could fly backwards! I wonder how they do that

posted on Tue, 03/05/2013 - 11:34am
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amy says says:

did you know that a humming birds nest is as big as a walnut

posted on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:37am
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Brandon says:

Did you know hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.!!!

posted on Tue, 02/26/2013 - 2:24pm
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Todd says:

How many babies will they have? It's cool to watch them.

posted on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 4:47pm
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Ayva says:

What color is a humming birds eggs?

posted on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 3:41pm
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eric ehlers says:

what do humming bird eat

posted on Sun, 02/24/2013 - 7:22am

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