How long do hummingbird hatchlings nest before gaining flight ability?

How long do hummingbird hatchlings nest before gaining flight ability?

28 March, 2010 (13:41) | hummingbird nest | By: admin


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I rescued a hummingbaby who had apparently glided too soon to the grass. I replace the amazing little thimble-size squeek to a perch in the bush. A birding friend told me that it was the right thing to do. Now I wonder if momma will find her before the cats do.
Calimecita – thank you – hummingbirds are very precious in this life…

From what I’ve witnessed myself of hummingbird breeding, the entire process is very fast, and once their feathers have grown, the chicks will leave the nest in less than a week.
The document linked below seems to support my experience:
"Nestlings usually leave the nest 21 to 30 days after hatching. Several days before fledgling the nestlings will sit on the edge of the nest throughout the day. When they get the “wild-eyed” look they are close to fledgling. They will practice flapping their wings as they hold onto the edge of the nest. If the nest has two nestlings they will fledge in the order they were hatched. Fledglings have small bills and short tails. In the first few days after fledgling the youngsters do not move very far from the nest area."

For what it’s worth, I agree with your friend that you did the right thing. It is extremely difficult to care for wild hummingbirds, and by leaving it there you gave it a chance to "call" its parents for food and assistance.

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Comment from Calimecita
Time March 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm

From what I’ve witnessed myself of hummingbird breeding, the entire process is very fast, and once their feathers have grown, the chicks will leave the nest in less than a week.
The document linked below seems to support my experience:
"Nestlings usually leave the nest 21 to 30 days after hatching. Several days before fledgling the nestlings will sit on the edge of the nest throughout the day. When they get the “wild-eyed” look they are close to fledgling. They will practice flapping their wings as they hold onto the edge of the nest. If the nest has two nestlings they will fledge in the order they were hatched. Fledglings have small bills and short tails. In the first few days after fledgling the youngsters do not move very far from the nest area."

For what it’s worth, I agree with your friend that you did the right thing. It is extremely difficult to care for wild hummingbirds, and by leaving it there you gave it a chance to "call" its parents for food and assistance.
References :
http://www.riverbanks.org/subsite/pact/hummingbirds.pdf