Could hummingbirds be smart?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by guitar_paul1, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. guitar_paul1

    guitar_paul1 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    395
    Joined:
    May 29, 2003
    Location:
    washington state
    We keep a feeder full on the deck. Today a hummingbird flew up to the window and hovered there, gathering my attention. This is unusual behavior.
    It spurred us to look outside at the feeder, which had fallen down during the storm.
    I refilled it and rehung. It. Now they are back to their regular feeding routine.
    Hmmm....
     
  2. Censport

    Censport Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    955
    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2010
    Location:
    Nashville/東京
    We have three hummingbird feeders on our balcony. Looked out the window one day to see three hummingbirds fighting over one of the feeders and ignoring the other two.

    I suspect they have their moments, such as being smart enough to train humans to keep them fed. :D
     
  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,548
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2021
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    They can fly. Can you fly? That’s smart.
     
  4. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    12,152
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Left of the Left Coast
    We have a sliding glass door to the balcony, so basically that end of our living room is floor to ceiling glass. The cat has a scratching post with a top platform right in front of the view. Hummingbirds will hover right outside the glass, facing her at eye level. I don’t know if they’re smart, but they’re sure smart-*sses.
     
  5. Cheap Trills

    Cheap Trills Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    952
    Joined:
    May 11, 2016
    Location:
    NJ
    My dog spends 24/7 coming up with ways to get food out of me. It's a game we've played for 12 years, but it only recently dawned on me that I'm basically his prey.
     
    Mad Kiwi, Torren61, Blue Bill and 4 others like this.
  6. Dano-caster

    Dano-caster Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    540
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Location:
    Snore'n desert
    Hummingbirds are wicked smart.they protect their feeders with ferocity. Seen them go after larger birds and even Woodpeckers who invade their food source. We have had problems with bees though. They hate bees.
     
  7. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Age:
    51
    Posts:
    16,758
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2012
    Location:
    Seattle
    Cats get you sorted on that on day one.
     
  8. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    18,128
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    Location:
    kamloops bc
    you are talking about one of the most aggressive birds in the world , they have been known to out fly and maneuver eagles hawks crows , they fly at increadable speeds and can fly backwards , plus after travelling thousands of miles can identify a liquid food source in a new area , they hunt mosquitoes and catch them with out issue ,


    the babies look like tiny moths untill you look very close

    are they smart? try packing that much intellegence and agillity into 2.5 grams
     
    Archtops, Mark617, oldunc and 8 others like this.
  9. MarkieMark

    MarkieMark Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,850
    Joined:
    May 7, 2016
    Location:
    Eastern USA
    Smart enough to spend the winter somewhere else!

    Yes. They signal the feeder is empty all the time. They know stuff.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2021
  10. edvard

    edvard Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,106
    Joined:
    May 15, 2016
    Location:
    Bremerton, WA
    Any bird that you feed regularly will associate you with food. They observe where you go, and they know that when you come out of that place with a sack of seed, they are going to be banqueting soon. Same with Hummingbirds. They do it to my wife all the time, and we have Anna's Hummingbirds that don't migrate (probably because of the mild winters here), so it's a year-round job. They sure are fun to watch though.
     
  11. boneyguy

    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    63
    Posts:
    13,528
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2007
    Location:
    victoria b.c. CANADA
    Anything that can live in the wild and survive is smart....period.
     
    Bill B, 61fury, Archtops and 3 others like this.
  12. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    8,996
    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Location:
    South Australia
    Here in Oz a birdbath is almost a feature in any garden. We don't get enough rain but native birds, indeed any, will adapt. Build it and they will come.
    Animals and birds will learn to survive.
     
    Archtops and guitar_paul1 like this.
  13. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    98,661
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Location:
    Austin, Tx
    I love em’.
    We get two kinds here.
    They’re combative and territorial little things.
    There’s a feeder over the outdoor dining table on the deck.
    I’ve had hummingbirds express their opinion of me, and my coffee several times.
    Doh!
     
  14. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,994
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2006
    Location:
    Near Athens GA USA
    We decided not to feed the hummingbirds this year because of the excessive number of wasps and yellow jackets their food also attracts. It got so bad last year that we couldn't go outside on the patio. We had a few fly by and leave disappointed. I hated to do it to the little birds.
     
    guitar_paul1 likes this.
  15. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    27,559
    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2009
    Location:
    Coolum Beach,Australia
    I've got a baby Butcher Bird who flies in under a veranda, closed in one one end, and sits on a spot right behind me outside a window and watches the TV and PC screen, I reckon. It doesn't squawk for food there... it might do that over near the back door sometimes where I usually put some scraps out...

    I only notice it when I look around for some reason, it doesn't seem to be trying to attract my attention.
     
    guitar_paul1 likes this.
  16. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    24,516
    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Location:
    Around
    We have a fancy hummingbird feeder that gets some attention but they seem drawn to our honeysuckle trees, which I think are invasive but cool.
     
    guitar_paul1 likes this.
  17. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    13,497
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2013
    Location:
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    Take the screen out of the window. They will then treat it like a McDonalds drive through.

    Hello? tap tap tap. I'd like to order more sugar water! tap tap tap.​
     
    Archtops and guitar_paul1 like this.
  18. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    22,282
    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2005
    Location:
    Luddite Island, NY
    Our hummingbirds let us know when there's a problem with the food supply as well. So do our orioles. The other birds just go somewhere else if the food runs out.
     
  19. Stringbanger

    Stringbanger Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    27,577
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2013
    Location:
    West O' Philly, PA
    Not only can they fly, but they can hover and fly backwards. No other bird can do those things.
     
  20. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,799
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2021
    Location:
    Nice try, Big Brother.
    I had one hovering at my back patio door and scoping out the inside of my house yesterday. We've never had feeders, so I don't know what it was doing here. It was fun to see though. They're neat birds.
     
    Archtops and guitar_paul1 like this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.