Hummingbird Migration Routes

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Most North American hummingbirds migrate to Mexico or Central South America every winter. Learn how hummingbirds in warmer climates may stay all year round with information from a professional wildlife biologist and naturalist in this free video on bird watching.

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Hi, I'm Bo Brown, and I'm here to talk about hummingbird migration routes. Most all of the hummingbirds that we have in North America, will winter in the tropics, anywhere from Northern Mexico, to Central South America. Our eastern hummingbird, the ruby throated here, will make the Gulf Coast Crossing, and a lot of times, it will make that entire crossing, nonstop. Their entire migration will be nonstop, and they didn't think for a long time, they could store enough energy, to make that long of a distance, but they will take advantage of their upper level winds, and fronts, and things like that, to make that migration. In the west, there's lots of species, lots more species of hummingbirds to look at. Some of those will stay year round. There was a myth for a long time about hummingbirds, riding on the back's of geese, and that was supposedly from one incident, from John J. Audubon, where he shot a Canada goose, picked it up, and the hummingbird flew out, but there's been no evidence that that's ever been repeated, or that ever happens in nature.

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