Hummingbirds are bright, tiny birds that fly like acrobats through the sky, darting from flower to flower, hovering as their long tongues dart deep into blossoms to collect the sweet nectar. Four species of hummingbirds can be found in Bandelier, two are common all summer long (Black-chinned and Broad-tailed) while one is most often seen late in the summer during migration (Rufous) and the other is spotted only sporadically (Calliope). Although nectar is an important food source for hummingbirds especially during and just before migration, insects are an equally significant dietary requirement.
Hummingbirds usually lay two tiny white eggs. The female hummingbird incubates her eggs for approximately 15 days. As the twin hatchlings grow, the tiny nest expands to meet their needs. Mom returns frequently with food, partially digested insects, for her young brood.