When do hummingbirds return to Kansas City? Here’s the perfect recipe to attract them

Hummingbirds will fly through Kansas City on their way north after wintering in Central America.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the University of Missouri Extension said the bird arrives in Kansas City in mid-April.

The 3.5-inch hummingbird derives its name from its quick wing movement, which makes a buzzing sound when approached.

The ruby-throated hummingbird is most common in Kansas City. The bird is Kansas and Missouri's most frequent hummingbird. Cornell University describes it as emerald green with grey or white underparts.

The Rufous, Anna's, and Costa's hummingbirds are also seen in the Midwest this time. Hummingbirds are a joy for birdwatchers of all levels. Get a hummingbird to visit your residence during migration.

Travelling requires a lot of energy, so hummingbirds feed themselves every ten minutes. Flapping their wings 50 times per second burns so much energy that they must eat half their body weight in honey and insects everyday.

Offer food to entice them to your home. Bright colours like red and orange attract little birds. According to The University of Missouri, the finest feeders have red exteriors with grids or screens over feeding openings to deter bees.

The Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute recommends mixing one cup sugar with four cups water for hummingbirds. They propose changing the sugar water every other day and cleaning the feeder.

Rain can dilute nectar, so keep your feeder semi-protected. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks advises against direct sunshine, which dilutes sugar water.

If ants become a problem, the department says to cover the hanging wire with salad oil.

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