What Does a Hummingbird Symbolize?


Hummingbird visits have meaningHumans have been fascinated by hummingbirds for probably all of human history. What is it about this little bird that captivates us so?

There is indeed something magical about the hummingbird that makes it like no other creature on Earth. And it's not just our imagination - just look at some of the things this incredible bird can do:
  • Fly backwards, hover up and down, and go from flying full speed to an instant stop
  • Has wings that beat up to 80 times per second, creating an almost bee or insect-like humming sound
  • Has the smallest bird eggs in the world
  • The world's smallest bird is the bee hummingbird of Cuba, which measures a mere 5 centimeters from the tip of its beak to the end of its tail.

The tiny hummingbird reminds us of many important things. Have you ever been outside for a walk, perhaps feeling a bit tired and depressed, when suddenly, a hummingbird flits into your view?

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In the excitement of hearing its buzzing wings and seeing its rapid movements as it darts about looking for the next flower, you have momentarily forgotten what you were brooding about. It's as if the hummingbird was saying, "Hey, things aren't so bad. Lighten up - just look at all the beautiful flowers and sweet nectar we have yet to find!"

Hummingbirds, in their seemingly carefree and happy flight, remind us to live in the moment and enjoy life's simple pleasures. Also, because they often seem to appear out of nowhere, they remind us that joy is unpredictable and can often be just around the corner.

With their long, thin beaks, hummingbirds can reach beyond the tough, untasty parts of a flower to find the sweet nectar within. In this way, they remind us to always be seeking out what's good in life.

Hummingbirds are also a symbol of tenacity and endurance in the pursuit of our dreams because some hummingbirds are known to travel up to 2000 miles to reach their destination.

Furthermore, because of their unique ability to fly backwards, sideways and hover up and down, they remind us to stay adaptable and to accept the reality of change with a happy heart.biblical meaning of hummingbird

Have you ever thought that hummingbirds seem like something out of a fairytale? There is something magical about their colors, shape and the way their move, as if they are reminding us to seek out the magic in life.

Lastly, did you know that hummingbirds alone have the ability to fly moving their wings in the pattern of an infinity symbol (the figure 8)? In this way, they are a symbol of eternity, continuity and infinity.

The meaning of a hummingbird visit

Hummingbirds have a long history of folklore and symbolism in native cultures. The Aztecs saw them as messengers between them and their ancestors or the gods. In Native American culture, hummingbirds are seen as healers and bringers of love, good luck and joy.

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In Central America, they are a sign of love and will bring love to the person who spots them.

While there is no direct mention of hummingbirds in the Bible, they are sometimes considered to be a messenger from Heaven, gently nudging us to move on and release the burden of people or things that have passed and can no longer be a part of our lives.

When a loved one has recently passed away, they may be a sign that the loved one has successfully made it to the other side and is doing just fine.

Some people also see them as signs from Angels, reminding us to follow what makes us happy and to enjoy the present moment.

Hummingbirds in Dreams

Seeing a hummingbird in your dreams may be a reminder to you to pay attention to the small or budding ideas in your mind. Like the little hummingbird, little ideas have the potential to become great things, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.

hummingbird dream meaning

A hummingbird in your dream may also be a reminder for you to embrace your freedom and to trust in your instincts, just as a hummingbird lives and flies along, happy in her pursuit of the next sweet flower.


In the end, hummingbirds are a reminder that our happiness lies within us. Only when we accept that there are bitter parts to life, will we be able to allow our inner peace to grow, which in turn, gives us the freedom to enjoy the sweet side of life.

Just look at the tiny, insignificant hummingbird, who everyday finds delicious nectar deep within the tough, bitter parts of the flower.

And she does this joyfully. Though she must work to find food, she does it cheerfully, while humming with a happy heart.

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Photo credits:

The picture of the hummingbird on a branch is by GuideYourPet (https://guideyourpet.com/where-to-hang-hummingbird-feeder/)

Hummingbird eggs photo by Yerandy1990 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.


  • Posted on by Jayda
    Hi I am 15 years old and I was away from home for 9 months. I recently lost my cousin on june 15 2019 .He was only 17 years old and I never really got to grief as much or say bye to him. But after I found out about his passing I started seeing dragonflies and one night I hear this weird sound at my light so I check it out and it is a dragonfly who cant get free so i put my hand close to it and it stops and lands on my finger for about 20 minutes he sat their and didn’t fly away when I moved or walked around it was amazing then I finally told the dragonfly that it was ok for him to be free and that I would be ok. I know it was my cousin and since I have been home I see this hummingbird everyday when I sit in the kitchen and do my school work. Sometimes I would open my backdoor and go out side and just sit in a chair and just watch him I know it is my cousin checking on me to make sure I really am ok. I have a hummingbird feeder in my backyard but their is no more stuff in it (I have to get more) so anyways one of my neighbors has a hummingbird feeder in their backyard with stuff in it. I asked my mom why does the hummingbird not go to that one and she told me it is cause that is your cousin so. So now when I see him I named him after my cousin fedy I just sit out side and talk to him till he flys away sometimes he would play peekaboo and go behind the hummingbird feeder and poke his head out and then hide again. I miss my cousin so much and when I think about him and all the fun we had together I would cry and then fedy (the hummingbird) would come out of no where and I would smile and he would just fly around and play and it makes me laugh and I cheer up after that. Life is hard and we just have to realize that the ones we love will be gone one day and how much you will miss them so spend time with the ones you love before their time runs out.
  • Posted on by Linda Lewis-Blevins l
    I saw a beautiful humming bird this morning it appeared out of know where sit still right in front of me for a second then it flew away. I have lost two family member’s in the last few months.

    I will take this as a sign of them completing their transition to the other side and being happy. That to God for sending your messenger to let me knoweverything is well

  • Posted on by Deborah De Vries
    I returned home yesterday afternoon after being evacuated from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. I went into my backyard to check on things and was immediately greeted by 4-5 hummingbirds. I believe they were there to give me hope and encouragement for all we have been through, even they had to endure the smoky conditions. It’s felt like they were welcoming me home, happy that we made it through a stressful and dangerous situation. It was an absolute amazing experience!
  • Posted on by Ana Hansen
    I am an elementary teacher and yesterday I went to visit my teacher friend at preschool. Suddenly a humming bird entered the room and got trapped inside the class. The class has big windows so i figured probably the humming bird was confused. Then she was trying to get out of the classroom but she got stuck between a box and the window. I ran as fast as I could to help her but she kept trying to scape. Finally I grabbed her gently because she was so fragile, delicate, and so beautiful that I didn’t want to hurt her. I waked towards the window and I let her go. But, to my surprised she didn’t leave. She stood there on my fingers and I didn’t know what to think because that never have happened to me before. And really I don’t know if this has happened to anybody at all. So, my friends took their phones out and took a picture of the humming bird standing still on my hand. Sometimes when I think about this experience I feel like if she had a message for me or is just that she was just grateful that I helped her out.

    Still, I think this is one of the most beautiful experience I have ever had.

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