Can Hummingbirds Fly In The Rain? (You Should Know This)

by Kloee Ngozi
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Hummingbirds are capable of flying in the rain and a variety of different weather situations.

They are unconcerned about the rain. They consume food and fly through the wind and rain. Although hummingbirds look to be delicate and helpless, they are strong little survivors.

Hummingbirds may make quick body shakes while flying and when it rains. They enjoy the water, and as a result, you’re likely to spot them in the rain, unless it’s quite heavy.

Drenched feathers simply do not function effectively, and the bird is forced to work much harder to gain and maintain flight.

The majority of birds spend considerable time each day grooming their feathers, and many use preen oil to protect and keep feathers dry.

How Do Hummingbirds Fly When It Rains?

Can Hummingbirds Fly In The Rain

Hummingbirds constantly fly, even in inclement weather. However, they have developed strategies for flying and surviving in the rain.

They fly through the rain by altering their stance and exerting more significant effort.

When the rain is mild or moderate, the birds appear unconcerned about the rain and fly the same way they do when the weather is dry.

However, when it rains heavily, the birds adopt a different strategy. They increase the number of wing beats per second and alter their body to a more horizontal stance. 

Additionally, they lift and lower their wings less frequently.

This stance enables them to modify their wings’ angle of attack, limiting the amount of rain that actually strikes their wings.

Therefore, a little bird that can fly and feed in all save the most torrential downpours has been created.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on are hummingbirds afraid of bees?

Can Hummingbirds Fly When Wet?

Hummingbirds can fly when wet.

They can become wet while flying through the mist from waterfalls, sprays of water from rapidly flowing streams, or when they rub against wet leaves and rocks, or the period they’re flying through dripping leaves, skimming the surface of small streams, or zipping past your sprinkler several times.

They may even perch on an exposed branch during a light rain shower and spread their wings, soaking their feathers.

They will fly to a pleasant perching position and preen their feathers once they are wet.

Where Do Hummingbirds Go In Heavy Rain?

When inclement weather strikes, hummers burrow down in the best-sheltered location they can find, which is frequently dense vegetation on the downwind side of a tree trunk.

Their feet are quite powerful and can grip a twig hard when the wind blows.

Why Are Hummingbirds More Active When It Rains?

Hummingbirds also like to bathe, and the rain provides them that opportunity.

Therefore, they preen in the rain. They fluff up their feathers and use their beak to remove dirt and parasites during the preening process.

Additionally, they utilize their bill to smooth down any rough patches on their wing feathers, contributing to their effective flight.

Following that, they will wipe the back of the head and neck area with their feet.

However, if there’s no rain, they will search for other water sources.

They enjoy the thrill of flying through misting water or a fountain of running water.

Once they are done with their bathing routine, they’ll move to any branch nearby and preen their feathers.

Where Do Hummingbirds Sleep When It Rains?

Hummingbirds spend the night in warm, sheltered areas of trees.

Typically, this implies deep within the leaves and branches, which are most sheltered from the elements.

Hummingbirds expend a great deal of energy throughout the day.

They are continually in flight, hovering even while they eat, and hence require a restful night’s sleep.

The difficulty is that they are so little that even modestly chilly weather might cause them to perish.

Therefore, hummingbirds prepare for the night by seeking out protected areas on tree branches and then entering a state of Torpor.

This is not simply sleep; it is a sort of hibernation. In this state, their metabolism is reduced as well as their body temperature, allowing them to preserve energy and adapt to colder temperatures.

For example, when a hummingbird is awake, its heart beats 1200 times per minute. It beats only 50 times per minute while in Torpor.

They cling to their branch (or nest), retract their necks, and puff out their feathers. They may even dangle upside down from the branch in the manner of a bat.

It may take up to an hour for them to fully reawaken from this sleep.

How Cold Can Hummingbirds Survive?

They can withstand all types of cold conditions, including winter.

They Shiver, Fluff, and enter Torpor, which helps them to conserve their energy. For example:

Insulating Feathers

When it’s cold, a hummer frequently appears plump as it fluffs its feathers for additional insulation.

Its body temperature is approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 degrees Celsius).

As a result, the hummingbird is able to trap warm air and shield its body from the surrounding chilly air by fluffing its feathers.

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The birds can survive any type of cold.  At night, or when it is too cold or rainy to forage, hummers enter a state similar to sleep called Torpor.

The bird’s body temperature decreases, and its heart rate decreases.

This adaptation enables them to maintain a constant body temperature and preserve energy.

Torpor causes the tiny bird’s body temperature to decrease by nearly 50 degrees.

The beats of the heart also reduce per minute, and respiration may temporarily cease. They also dangle upside down on a branch or feeder, inert and lifeless.

It is quite normal with them. So if you are fine, one like that, just let the hummingbird emerge from its torpor stage at its own rate, ensuring that no harm is done. 


A hummingbird’s body must be warmed up immediately upon awakening in the morning.

To accomplish this, the hummer shivers, rapidly contracting and releasing its muscles.

When a hummingbird’s body temperature is around 68°F (20°C), it takes approximately an hour to warm up sufficiently for normal activity.

The bird’s stomach is empty at this point, and shivering consumes stored energy.

As a result, the hummer is slow, drowsy, and ravenous. It flies out to eat breakfast as quickly as it can.

Can Hummingbirds Sense Rain

Possibly. According to some, these birds can tell when it is about to rain. As a result, you see a good deal of them out and about feeding. 


When next it’s raining, and you have hummingbirds around, go out and observe them. Watch as they fly about, enjoying the rain.

Remember that hummingbirds love rain and can still feed during that period, except for heavy rain. 

Hopefully, you now understand how the hummingbird interacts with the rain and endures other harsh weather.

There is no need to be concerned about our small companions if it begins to rain or storm.

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Kloee Ngozi

Kloee is a backyard farmer and avid gardener who enjoys tending to her garden and plants. She is so engrossed with her plants that she has pet names for all of them. She likes to relax with a bottle of wine and read a book.


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