What Is the Life Expectancy of a Hummingbird?

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The life expectancy of a hummingbird is from 3 to 6 years, but some hummingbirds have been found to live as long as 12 years in captivity. Understand the life cycle of a hummingbird with information from a national wildlife steward in this free video on bird life.

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Hello my name is Barbara Dewitt. I'm a National Wildlife Federation Stewart with The Broward County Audubon Society. The life expectancy of a hummingbird is from 3 to 6 years. Although they have been found to live 12 years in I believe that's in captivity. Having the right habitats encourages the hummingbirds to live a longer life. Also, not having cats or feral cats around because hummingbirds will feed on low to the ground sometimes and so having that area where it's free of pests or free of other animals. Hummingbirds also depends on how far they migrate and how long they live. Hummingbirds here, the ruby throated hummingbird migrates from, some of them migrate from all the way up in Canada down to Florida or down through Mexico and those they follow the flowers and rivers to get food and fly down to Mexico and Central America for the wintertime when it's cold in the north. Although now they're finding them farther north in the late fall because of the change in the climate and the food availability there with the changing climate Hummingbirds follow the food source and so they're not staying farther north longer because of climate change, it's warmer in the north and they're staying with they're food. They have clues, queues to go south and then they'll come to Florida and also down through the center of the United States and down to Texas and Central and South America.

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