Hummingbirds staying in Kansas instead of migrating, expert says

These tiny birds are among the smallest in the world, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

With 319 species living in North and South America, 15 are found in the U.S. with only one regularly appearing in Kansas: ruby-throated hummingbirds.

These birds can be found in wild nesting along streams and woodland parks with most of their numbers located in the eastern half of the state.

Most birds die before they even fledge,” Boyle said. “So geographic differences in how risky it is for eggs and nestlings help explain migration patterns.

Some hummingbirds migrate across the Gulf of Mexico and can travel as much as 23 miles in a day.

“There was a hummingbird of another species (Anna’s) that spent a lot of time this winter in central Kansas,” Boyle said.

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