How Long Do Hummingbirds Live?


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The average lifespan for a hummingbird is only about three to four years. While most hummingbirds die in their first year, some have been known to survive for up to ten years or more.

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How Long Do Hummingbirds Live?
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Hummingbirds are the smallest species of bird and face many threats from predators and their environments. Baby hummingbirds are very vulnerable. These birds are smaller than a penny when they hatch and must remain in the nest for the first three weeks of their lives. The oldest known hummingbird was a Broad-Tailed Hummingbird that was captured and tagged at two different times in the span of 12 years.

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