20 Stunningly Colorful Photos of Hummingbirds

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By Alex Watt, Redbook

What hummingbirds lack in size (the smallest of their kind weigh in around 2 grams) they more than make up for in beauty. These gorgeous birds come in all colors of the rainbow, which makes it all the more frustrating that their diminutive stature and speedy nature can make them rather elusive. In the blink of an eye, even the most observant birdwatcher misses so much—they flap their wings roughly 80 times every second, after all. Celebrate National Hummingbird Day by marveling at these incredible creatures, which would just be a blur without the help of photography.

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A ruby-throated hummingbird enjoys a Lantana plant.

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A pair of hummingbirds clash over the perfect perch.

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A rare Leucistic Anna's hummingbird visits the University of California, Santa Cruz Arboretum.

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Hummingbirds feast on a man-made hummingbird feeder.

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An Allen's hummingbird darts through daisies.

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A rofous-tailed hummingbird sits in its nest.

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This soaring hummingbird has its pick of the garden.

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A broadbilled hummingbird brings some color to Arizona.

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A chestnut-breasted coronet hummingbird takes flight.

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A ruby-throated hummingbird faces off against a honey bee.

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A blue-chinned sapphire hummingbird gets a taste of sweet nectar.

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A black-crested coquette shows off its impressive plumage.

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A male Anna's hummingbird sits proudly on a tiny twig.

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A ruby-throated hummingbird rests in the palm of a lucky bird lover's hand.

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A hummingbird mother feeds her chicks.

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A Costa's hummingbirds looks tough on a branch.

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A crowned woodnymph hummingbird goes beak-deep into a flower in Corcovado National Park.

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A white-necked jacobin hummingbird soars through the twilight sky.

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Unattended hummingbird eggs sit quietly in the nest waiting for their mother to return.

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A male Allen's hummingbird hovers in front of its meal.

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