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ARE HUMMINGBIRDS REALLY ATTRACTED TO RED?

It is a popular notion that specific colors can attract birds. But you may be wondering if hummingbirds really are attracted to red. There isn’t a clear answer to this question. While there is no doubt amongst bird enthusiasts that hummingbirds seem to be drawn to bright colors, there isn’t a conclusive reason as to why they’re attracted to red specifically.

SEEING RED

Part of the answer may lie in the way hummingbirds see color. Our fast-flying feathered friends aren’t seeing red because they’re angry – just a little territorial. It turns out they actually have heightened sensitivity to the yellow and red end of the color spectrum, with blues appearing duller to them. Therefore, the bright, warm colors stand out more. But why do they prefer red?

There is some evidence to suggest that a preference to red is a conditioned response. After all, most commercially-produced bird feeders and even some nectars are red. Hummingbirds have a great memory, especially when it comes to food sources.

With that in mind, they specifically seek out sources that offer the most nectar and then stick to them. Feeders obviously offer the most nectar available from a single source, and because of the abundance of red feeders, hummingbirds have come to expect high-energy food when they see the vibrant color.

5 THINGS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS OTHER THAN RED

In addition to brightening up your landscape, there are many other ways to attract hummingbirds to your yard. Take a look at these five simple tips!

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