How Do Hummingbirds Drink Water?

Last Updated on January 30, 2022 by Sam

Hummingbirds have amazed humans with their ability to hover and move just centimeters above the surface of a flower. This is due to their speed, wingspan, agility and weight so they can easily consume nectar while in flight. What many people don’t know is that hummingbirds use an ingenious mechanism called capillary action for drinking water. Capillary action happens when liquid flows up into a space surrounded by small openings which forces the liquid upwards into our body’s cells where it is absorbed as nourishment.

The “how to make a hummingbird bird bath” is a question that people have been asking for years. Hummingbirds drink water by hovering over a flower and then sucking nectar up into their long, tubular tongue.


The “hummingbird mister” is a device that collects the water from flowers and turns it into nectar for hummingbirds. The device also has an attachment to filter out all of the dirt and debris so that only pure water is collected.

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