Are Hummingbirds Territorial at Feeders and Flowers?

Why Are Hummingbirds So Territorial?

A male ruby-throated hummingbird that is fiercely guarding his feeding territory A hummingbird is a wonder to behold as it dances in the air to sip sweet nectar from flowers.

Hummingbirds Compete for Nectar Sources

Male hummingbirds are very territorial and can be remarkably feisty about defending their food sources. It makes sense considering that flowers, their primary source of nectar, last for only a limited time. 

Why Won’t Hummingbirds Share a Feeder?

When male hummingbirds defend one of your feeders, they’re exhibiting the same territorial behavior.

Pursuing a Mate

Two male Allen’s hummingbirds that are quite territorial In the breeding season, a male hummingbird establishes a different kind of territory. 

How Do I Feed Multiple Territorial Male Hummingbirds?

To feed multiple male hummingbirds, you’ll need some space. Provide more than one feeder and grow nectar-rich native plants.

Hummingbirds Are Less Territorial During Migration

Tube-shaped red and orange flowers are common hummer favorites. Visit your local native plant nursery and ask for their suggestions.