The hummingbird is one of the most attractive and popular birds in North America. Its small size, brilliant coloring, and ability to feed in flight make it a favorite backyard visitor. This colorful guide describes the fascinating life in the wild of a variety of hummingbird species and tells bird lovers how to attract hummingbirds to the backyard. Information from the most recently published research is augmented by personal experiences in the field as well as conversations with hummingbird experts. Topics include hummingbird behavior, migration, and predators--all illustrated with full-color photos.
Larry and Terrie Gates live in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona, where they maintain a garden that has attracted 12 species of hummingbirds. Their popular Web site, www.hummingbirdworld.com, has been a major source of information for tens of thousands of visitors. The Gateses have published numerous articles and photographs and have compiled over 50 Christmas Bird Counts in Mississippi and Arizona.