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.

madison 's picture
madison says:

what color is a humingbird

posted on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 10:31am
Tyler S's picture
Tyler S says:

red and green and white and black and.........yeah.

posted on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 12:13pm
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Anonymous says:

I love there colors

posted on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 12:21pm
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Brecken says:

They can be many colors. Most commonly green and pink!!!! They are very pretty and very small birdies

posted on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:43pm
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alondra jasmine ihtimat says:

the color of a humming bird can possably be blue grey and en

posted on Thu, 02/21/2013 - 9:22pm
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Anonymous says:

Male humming birds are more vibrant colors than females because females have better sight for color and can appriciate the bright colors of the males.

posted on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 7:08pm
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Ruben says:

I belive they can be any color

posted on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 12:53pm
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xiong pao says:

many colors

posted on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:45am
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jdjjy67i says:

how long is a huming birds life span

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 2:55pm
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posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:17pm
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Kai Wilson says:

What happens to the males when the chicks hatch?

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:10pm
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spencer gulbrandson says:

why do the humming birds lay eggs in the winter not in the summer

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:08pm
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ella masso says:

my favorite bird is the ruby throated

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:23am
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Danny S. says:

i think it is really cool to see a bird in a nest and see the birds hatch

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 1:45pm
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madison says:

my favorite bird is a wren

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:14pm
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Melissa says:

i wonder where they found Phoebe. i think she is really cool.

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:51pm
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Anna J. says:

Humming birds must be pretty tiny! does it say how small they are? I bet it is like 2 inches. I wonder what places they' re most common in. Would it be states that have certain properties? And if so, what properties do they have?

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 3:34pm
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baylie says:

the humming bird looks like it is going to freeze

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:29pm
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Schminkledinker says:

Hummimgbird is cool

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 12:12pm
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anonymous says; says:

the ostrich is the bigest bird.

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 11:22am
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anonymous says; says:

i love hummingbirds.

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 11:16am
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im not tellling you says:

humming birds can flap their wings up to 80 times per second

posted on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:42am
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cc says:


posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 10:57am
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josie l says:

Hummingbirds are can fly fast

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 10:51am
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Bobfred says:

I don't know what the largest bird is but eagles and vultures are pretty big. Does anyone know what the smelliest bird is?

posted on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 6:31pm
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kahtdhjdbhjdhcnj says:

Humming birds are facistinating because even though they are the smallest birds the' re one of the fastest. :) humming birds <3 honey.

posted on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 5:00pm
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sabrina and charlie says:

did you know that the wingspan of an eagle is almost twice the size of our arm length!

posted on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 5:10pm
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Isabelle balvin says:

hi am izzy i like hummingbirds.
they are tiny. they babbys are so little.
do you like them. i think they are so easy to be
hurt. they wings are so little.
i wish i had one as a pet. they are so cute and little.
i know a lot abot they i think you can tell. i post a lot
about things i koow. i dont like them at first.
but once you get to know them
they are vere nice.

posted on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 3:42pm
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irsac says:

i cant believe my eyes.
their nest is tiny.
that is so cool.

posted on Sat, 02/16/2013 - 1:48pm
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Jennwoehrle says:

Do hummingbirds usually migrate as far north as Minnesota? I once had a hummingbird visit my allow plant that was on my back deck. This is the only time I have seen a humming bird in the wild. What kind of plants can you plant that will attract more humming birds.

posted on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 1:47pm
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Annabelle says:

Hummingbird wings beat 80 times per second.

posted on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 12:41pm
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posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 11:35am
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ella says:

hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.

posted on Sun, 02/17/2013 - 12:17pm
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Geneva says:

And sideways.

posted on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 12:44pm
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jakob says:

hummingbirds flap fast flap flap flap

posted on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 10:32am
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Melissa says:

they do fly fast. thats why i like them.

posted on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:52pm
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q.q says:

yes....... yes they do flap fast

posted on Wed, 02/13/2013 - 8:26pm
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logan says:

the bird appears to be looking very intently at the sky. i wonder if there is a plane.

posted on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 10:57am
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juanito says:

your right jakobthey do flap flap flap but did you knoow when they flap thats really their wings creating kinetic energy also known as inertia

posted on Tue, 02/12/2013 - 9:47am
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emma 22 says:

hi like huming birds they are so fast they look like

posted on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 8:05pm
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chloe says:

I like hummingbirds because they eat honey. And their wings go fast.

posted on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 12:39pm
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richie says:

hummingbirds are lighter than a penny

posted on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 3:14pm
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bek says:

Hummingbirds eat nectar from flowers or we may feed them essetially sugar water from feeders, but they do not eat honey. They are at least mostly active during the day-to see flowers.

posted on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 1:49pm
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eva lundblad says:

are hummingbirds nokturnal?

posted on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 12:25pm
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Anonymous says:

small eggs!!!!

posted on Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:21am
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andrea cute says:

I like birds but how many species live in the rainforest

posted on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 2:08pm
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somebody says:

how many birds can you fit in that little nest?

posted on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 1:54pm
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JO MOMMA says:


posted on Sat, 02/09/2013 - 12:52pm
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fart says:

good looking nest. sister can fit in it

posted on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 1:49pm
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s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s s says:

he had 2 babies last month 3 sec 13 min ago

posted on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 1:28pm

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