From Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Buff-Bellied Hummingbirds to Rufous and Violet-Crowned Hummingbirds, there are over 300 species of hummingbirds that have been identified. With the ability to fly forward, backward, upward, and downward, while beating their wings up to 80 times per second, it is no surprise that hummingbirds are often times favored among many bird watching enthusiasts. As hummingbirds travel relatively long distances over high speeds, they have a tendency to metabolize their food quickly, which gives them the need to feed constantly. Hummingbird food, often referred to as nectar, provides them with the necessary energy to rapidly move and fly for long periods of time. As the smallest members of the bird family, hummingbirds typically devour up to twice their own bodyweight in hummingbird nectar each day. In the hopes of attracting a variety of hummingbird species, avid hummingbird watchers keep their hummingbird feeders filled with nectar all year long. While hummingbirds also consume small insects, they mainly rely on the nutrients found within hummingbird nectar to provide them with the energy they need to sustain their active lifestyles. Encourage these beautiful and fascinating little birds to visit your garden today by keeping your hummingbird feeders filled with the food that they love and simply cannot get enough of.