Hummingbird Life Span

Photo credit: Lynn Ketchum

What is the life span of a hummingbird?

- Lincoln County, Oregon

Although the general thought is that, once a hummingbird survives its first year, it may live another 3-4 years, there are some surprising longevity records. One broad-tailed hummingbird is known to have survived for at least 12 years. You can find these records here: Longevity Records Of North American Birds

Robert Schmidt
Associate Professor, Utah State University
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