Unlike larger birds, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) seldom drink water from pools or bathe in birdbaths. Instead they lap up drops of dew from leaf tips and take their baths when light rains fall. Often--especially in arid regions--hummingbirds will take advantage of an apparatus that creates a fine mist of water. These devices are available from birding specialty shops and hook up to a garden hose.

One advantage of having water in a schoolyard or backyard Hummingbird Habitat--particularly in the form of a small pool--is that it attracts insects, some of which will be eaten by hummingbirds.

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