humming bird


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n humming bird (Zo√∂l) any bird of the family Trochilid√¶, of which over one hundred genera are known, including about four hundred species. They are found only in America and are most abundant in the tropics. They are mostly of very small size with long slender bills adapted to sucking nectar from flowers, and are noted for the very brilliant iridescent colors of their plumage and their peculiar habit of hovering about flowers while vibrating their wings very rapidly with a humming noise; the wings are specialized for hovering flight, but they can also dart forward and fly quite rapidly. They feed both upon the nectar of flowers and upon small insects. The common humming bird or ruby-throat of the Eastern United States is Trochilus colubris. Several other species are found in the Western United States. See Calliope, and Ruby-throat.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird Nest and eggs of ruby-throat humming-bird


In literature:

We came upon flights of humming-birds.
"The Trail of the Goldseekers" by Hamlin Garland
All humming-birds are small.
"Symbolic Logic" by Lewis Carroll
The humming bird, flying from shrub to shrub, hears the inner voice called instinct.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
She was a gorgeous little humming bird.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
The bluebird came first, and the humming-bird last.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
His conversation never ceased, but flitted from subject to subject with the swift waywardness of a humming-bird.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
You are in the presence of humming-birds, not ostriches or owls.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
The gorgeous plumage of the humming-bird and of parrots was especially devoted to this object.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
The humming-birds were darting about like living bits of enamel set with jewels.
"The Gorgeous Isle" by Gertrude Atherton
Her masterpiece is the Humming bird, and upon it she has heaped all the gifts which the other birds may only share.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various

In poetry:

They're coming! With the summer's breeze,
With azure skies and sunny showers,
With notes of birds and hum of bees--
Who will not welcome back the flowers?
"They're Coming!" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Squirrel and humming-bird flit by like spirits,
Jack-in-the-pulpit stands ready to preach,
The roll of the anthem the wood-choir inherits,
Surpasses the harmony mortals can reach.
"The Second Sunday In May" by Jared Barhite
Again beneath thy bordering trees
I walk, and breathe the scented breeze,
'Mid song of birds and hum of bees,
And still the scene each sense can please,
Though youth and joy have fled.
"Calder--A Memory" by Janet Hamilton
There the little birds and beautiful butterflies
Are soaring heavenwards almost to the skies,
And the busy bees are to be seen on the wing,
As from flower to flower they hummingly sing,
"Beautiful Newport on the Braes o' the Silvery Tay" by William Topaz McGonagall
"I dream that I was once a child,
"No bird more blithe and gay, "My young heart, like a honey-bee,
"That hums the live-long day: "But now it is a maimed bird,
"That mourns its life away."
"The Dead Chase" by Albert Pike
But Spring will come, as thou wilt see,
With blooming flower and budding tree,
And song of bird and hum of bee
Their charms to lend;
But I will cherish none like thee,
My constant friend.
"Suggested" by David John Scott

In news:

After all the rain he finally got to mow the lawn as we were busy out doors so are the humming birds.
A sonorous hum permeates the air as you examine Da Vinci 's sketches of birds in flight, hydraulic components and plans for cathedral steeples.
A few additional tips that will help to maintain your humming bird feeders and the solution they behold.
My new year's message yesterday told of a video about humming birds.
A humming bird was perched on a wire near the feeder one morning doing neck rolls, shoulder (wing) circles, twists and torso rotations.
Later I learned that humming birds do morning.