Here are pictures John
Owens took of a Ruby-throated
Hummingbird and its babies in Louisiana:
The typical hummingbird nest is tiny, about the size of
half an English walnut shell. The outer part is covered with moss and plant fibers.
Sometimes it is shingled with lichens. The rest is made of plant down and spider webs.
The next picture is a
Violet-Crowned Hummingbird sitting on a nest in southern Arizona:
Our Hummingbird Nest Pictures from Arizona:
This Blue-throated Hummingbird is
incubating her eggs:
A hummingbird's nest usually has two white
eggs. They are less than half an inch long.
Here are two baby Black-Chinned
It is a remarkable sight when the mother
hummingbird comes with food and two little heads pop up. The mother perches on the side of
the nest, arches her back, stretches her neck, lifts her head, and holds her bill down to
regurgitate nectar and half-digested insects to her babies. Her throat swells and she
pumps her beak like a sewing needle.
In general, male hummingbirds contribute
in no way to the building of nests or the care of young. (There are a few rare
reports of male Ruby-throated and Male Rufous Hummingbirds incubating eggs. There is one
report of a male Anna's Hummingbird feeding young.)
Hummingbirds do not re-use the same
nest, but often build again at the same location, occasionally right on
top of the old nest.