Top 10 Books About Hummingbirds

Are hummingbirds visiting your garden? Do you know what kind they are? Where they nest? What they eat? If not, you need to fill your home library with one or more of these great books about hummingbirds. Try a handy identification guide, or a gardening how-to that will help attract them to your yard. Below are 10 top picks about your favorite little birds.

North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide

Designed to help birders and banders identify, age, and sex all 17 species of hummingbirds commonly found in North America, this identification guide is devoted entirely to hummingbirds and includes up-close, easy-to-use illustrations.


Beginner’s Guide to Hummingbirds

A pocket-size, colorful, simple-to-use guide for the most common species. Also range maps, habitat needs, life cycle & food preferences, and tips to attract them.


Hummingbirds of North America: The Photographic Guide

A comprehensive photographic guide to the identification of all 24 species of hummingbirds seen in North America as breeders or vagrants. Over 200 photos and a detailed introduction covering the basics of hummingbird anatomy and plumage variation.


Hummingbirds of North America

Covering 31 North American species, with more than 250 color photos and 33 maps, this is the most comprehensive field guide to hummingbirds. Chapters cover the natural history of hummingbirds, ways to attract and feed them, and major hot spots in the U.S. and Canada for observing these birds.


Hummingbirds: A Life-size Guide to Every Species

This book profiles all 338 known hummingbird species in life-size, full-color photographs. Every species profile includes a flight map and key statistics, as well as information about behavior, plumage, and habitat.


The Hummingbird Book: The Complete Guide to Attracting, Identifying and Enjoying Hummingbirds

A comprehensive, illustrated guide that makes it easy to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Includes range maps, full-color photos, feeders, flowers, photography & hummingbird behavior. Plus, a section on attracting orioles.


Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard

Author Sally Roth zeroes in on one of North America’s best-loved birds and the beautiful insects that share the flowers with them. A passionate gardener, she offers all her best recommendations on the perfect plants to attract both hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard.


The Art of Hummingbird Gardening: How to Make Your Backyard into a Beautiful Home for Hummingbirds

A practical guide to cultivating flowers and other plants that will attract North American hummingbirds to your garden. Info about hummingbird gardening as well as behavior, favored habitats, migrating patterns, and conservation.


Sanctuary Gardens: Create a Butterfly and Hummingbird Haven

Learn how to create a butterfly and hummingbird garden of your own. This simple guide includes butterfly food sources, a hummingbird nectar recipe, and how to plan, design and plant your garden.


 The Secret Lives of Hummingbirds

Why are hummingbirds so small? How do they hover? Do they ever rest? This book answers all those questions and more, taking the reader into the high-energy world of North America’s smallest bird.