what to feed a baby hummingbird



What to Feed a Baby Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are small, beautiful birds known for their ability to hover in midair. With their long beaks and long tongues, their diet consists exclusively of nectar from flowers and small insects. If you find a baby hummingbird in need of help, you may need to provide nutrition for it. Here are some tips for what to feed a baby hummingbird:


Nectar is the primary food source for hummingbirds and is found in flowers. Hummingbird nectar can be purchased in stores, as well as made at home by combining one cup of sugar and four cups of water. The homemade solution should be boiled down to a slightly thick syrup and cooled before it is used. Do not use honey, and do not use nectar containing artificial sweeteners or food coloring.


In addition to nectar, hummingbirds also eat small insects. These can be provided as a supplement to the nectar to provide essential proteins and fats. Good sources of insects include mealworms, fruit flies, tiny spiders and aphids.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables can also be offered to baby hummingbirds in moderation. These should be presented mashed or pureed in order for the baby hummingbird to be able to consume them. Good choices for fruits and vegetables include:

    • Berries such as blueberries, strawberries and cranberries


    • Bananas


    • Baby Carrots or other cooked vegetables



Water is also necessary for baby hummingbird. This should be given in addition to the nectar and insects, as well as fruits and vegetables. Make sure to only provide fresh, clean water and that it is not too cold.


Providing nutrition to a baby hummingbird can seem daunting and even a bit scary, but it is not as difficult as it may seem. By following these tips, you can provide the nutrition a baby hummingbird needs to grow and thrive.