Curb Hummingbird Aggression

This is how you get hummingbirds to stop fighting.

The hummingbirds are back! And now they’re fighting. Females and males are naturally aggressive and often defend their territory. You know they’re on guard when they’re hovering above an intruder, making sharp, fast-paced chirps, meant as a warning. Prepare yourself for a season of beauty and birding enjoyment and tame their aggressive tendencies with these tips:

Leave space between each bird feeder, so there’s more of a chance for other hummingbirds to come in for a landing and grab food before being chased away. Add feeders in more locations because a hummingbird will have a hard time defending multiple feeders at the same time. Remove their favorite perch, where they may be keeping an eye on their territory, because this will make them feel less dominant. Remove the cause of aggression by placing the feeder out of reach of cats and other hummingbirds or songbirds, who may pose a threat.

Following these tips means your lovely little hummingbirds will be less likely to get in fights and make it more likely you’ll have a bevy of beauty to admire from your many hummingbirds all season long. Browse our hummingbird feeders.


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  • Johnny Cilantro August 28, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I use a squirt gun (I’ve never actually hit a bird – they just see the water coming in their direction). It’s bright green and the aggressive hummer knows when I even reach for it. But I can’t be there all the time. I’ve gone so far as standing between the tree it likes to perch on and the feeder in hopes others can eat.

    • Dawn Coutu September 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Johnny,

      Sounds like you’ve come up with a handy solution for your hummingbird. However, you may consider hanging a separate dish feeder for your territorial fella. By placing several hummingbird feeders around your yard and out of sight from each other, your hummingbirds are much more likely to feed peacefully. For example, you can hang one feeder from your porch and place another behind a bush or shrub. In this case, the HummZinger Ultra dish feeder is a great choice because it won’t spill, it has a perch for hummers to rest and it’s easy to clean. You can find the HummZinger Ultra here: And depending on how much space is available in your yard, you may also consider getting a hummingbird swing where your aggressive hummer can perch away from the feeder. Happy Birding!