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 Renee

    Saw a hummingbird today, which is very rare where I reside in CA. Been struggling with a “lost romance” and it was refreshing to see this beautiful bird flying in front of me. I also quit drinking and lost weight. So I’m on a new journey for myself and seeing results one day at time. I quit drinking without going to a AA group, which isn’t my cup of tea. Prayed to GOD to take the craving away. Low and behold the" day I asked this in complete faith to GOD", I haven’t had a drink since…it will be (1) month next week.

  • Posted on by Eliana Dilucas

    I was at my younger sisters house and went to her backyard when a hummingbird bird came close then landed on her tree it was there for a while I was admiring it and took a picture and a video the hummingbird bird flew close to me and I noticed in the picture and the video there’s an image of a mans face in the tree

  • Posted on by Stella Crow

    every hummingbird i ever saw was on the internet…living somewhere hope is never there to help is awful…but all i know is that hummingbirds are a sign of love,peace,hope,and family..

  • Posted on by turtle .-.

    hola lol sorry that story was sad but humminbirds are a symbol of hope and love at least you have your kids with you!😁😀

  • Posted on by Laurha Frankfort

    A Mommy Hummingbird made her nest on my Solari Wind Chime right outside our kitchen window on the porch. She is so amazing to watch as she has fluffs in her bill and then packs them down into the little nest. Then she wiggles her whole body down to pack it in. What a blessing and treat to watch this happen right in front of us!!! I can’t wait to see the little babies!!! She is so sweet and calm around me and our Great Pyrenese dog. My Mom said she would come back as a little bird. My husband is very ill and she just brightens my spirit and his! 2 years ago we rescued a Harris Hawk that fell from her nest in our back yard trees. We cared for her for 8 months and off she went to have her own family. She also arrived at a very difficult time in our lives… She came also when we were in great emotional need to show us her spirit. The birds talk to you if you listen. They love when I sing and play guitar … They just hang around… Sometimes the hawks dance on the roof! Too funny while I play music. So we went from huge hawk to tiny hummingbird. How strange. Love love nature…. Thank you God for sending these treasures.

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