Don’t let their diminutive size fool you. Hummingbirds can be very aggressive and have been known to attack much larger birds. They are also extremely territorial and will guard their food sources fiercely.

Photo by Joshua Cotton

Even so, hummingbirds have many predators that would be happy to make them a meal. More than half of all hummingbirds die within the first year of life. The average life span is about 4 years but it varies by location and species.

Here’s a short list of predators:

Domestic cat



Blue jay



Praying mantis

Large spiders

This hummingbird has more than regular predators to worry about.

HUMMINGBIRD: A Star Touched Story

Plagued by memories not her own, a young hummingbird struggles to decipher the visions and powers that set her apart from her fellow birds. But the road to awareness is fraught with danger that could doom her to repeat history. One step toward understanding. One stride toward survival. One leap toward flying free from the past.



Sometimes it’s hard to be who you are meant to be.

Especially when your powers can get you killed.

Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble.

Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

About A. L. Kaplan

I am a writer, artist, and parent.
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  1. winteroseca says:

    I was really surprised to see that hummingbirds are very territorial myself! Quite the mindset shift

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  2. A. L. Kaplan says:

    Reblogged this on alkaplan and commented:

    Earlier this week, as my husband and I sat on the deck, I noticed a wasp hanging out on our hummingbird feeder. Our growing flock of hummers haven’t hesitated to divebomb other, much large birds, for sampling nectar, but on look at that tiny wasp sent them running for cover.
    Why? — Because wasp and bee venom can kill a hummingbird.


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