520-638-6492
Hummingbird Nectar
 

Hummingbird Feeder Comparison

Not all hummingbird feeders are the same. Differences can be attributed to materials used in their manufacture, design type (saucer or bottle/ gravity-fed), installation versatility (hang, pole mount or both), capacity, insect proof (bees, wasps and ants in particular), easy to maintain (cleaning and refilling), ease of use for hummingbirds, perch or hover, cost, guarantee (yes/ no, lifetime or limited), eye appeal, etc. All feeders should be cleaned/ rinsed after each refill. We recommend changing/ refilling nectar every three days to guarantee freshness and avoid spoiled or contaminated nectar.

While there are dozens of hummingbird feeder brands and models to choose from, we are providing the following information on the four manufacturers whose models we think offer the consumer the best overall value.


Resting Perch Hummingbirds expend considerable energy finding food sources, feeding nestlings, and defending their nectar sources and feeding territories. Feeders with perches offer the hummingbirds an opportunity to conserve energy. We believe it is very helpful to the hummingbirds to not have to expend great energy while drinking.

Food Ports Oval shaped ports are superior to round ports. Removable food ports are inferior to ports that are molded to the lid in their manufacture. Most food ports on saucer-type feeders deflect rainwater away from the ports.

Bee Proof There is no feeder in the world that will prevent bees from visiting your hummingbird feeder. There may be nectar residue from the the birds bills or sloppy dining habits. The bees will always find this nectar. At issue is the bees entering the nectar reservoir via the food ports and contaminating the nectar

Gravity–fed/ vacuum based feeders (reservoir for nectar located above food ports) can not considered bee/ wasp proof. Several variables can lead bees to these types of feeders. Mostly the nectar is just at the food port..

All saucer-type feeders (nectar is stored underneath the food ports) can be or are bee and wasp proof. Never filling to maximum capacity prevents these insects from reaching the nectar. The best of these feeders (Aspects) have patented nectar guard tips to insure the feeders remain insect-proof. Always avoid any bee guard that is yellow. Yellow attracts bees.


Ants Most saucer/ pan type feeders have built in ant barriers. Ant barriers of all types do not trap, harm or kills ants and other crawling insects – they just create a barrier that ants retreat from. Most are designed to hold water, but water evaporates quickly. Putting finely ground cinnamon or chili powder in the bottom of the ant barrier works well for many months without refilling. Their active ingredients will repel ants whether it is wet or dry. For gravity-fed feeders and others that do not have built-in ant barriers you can hang an accessory ant barrier (purchased separately) to keep your feeders ant free.

Easy to Clean All pan-type feeders are easy to clean with hot water and a sponge. Many of the best are dishwasher safe when placed on the upper rack. All gravity-fed feeders are best cleaned with the aid of a feeder brush. All food ports for all feeders can easily be cleaned with a food port brush (similar to a mascara brush) or a pipe cleaner.

Type
Type 1
Manufacturer
Name
Capacity
oz
Dimension
Price
Resting Perch
Round/ Oval ports
Bee
Proof
Ant
Proof
Easy
to Clean
Bottle Best 1 32oz Best 1 32 oz
32
7.00x7.00x10.00
$13.99
Bottle First Nature Feeder 16 oz
16
7.00x7.00x7.25
$6.99
Bottle Songbird Essentials Dr JB Original
16
7.00x7.00x7.50
NA
Saucer Aspects Excel
16
9.00x9.00x2.50
$24.95
Saucer Aspects High View
12
8.00x9.00x9.00
$21.95
Saucer Window Aspects Jewel Box Window
8
8.50x6.00x2.50
$24.95
Saucer Aspects High View Mini
8
2.25x7.00x7.50
$18.95
Saucer Aspects Fancy
12
8.00x8.00x3.75
$31.95
Saucer Aspects Little Fancy Rose
8
2.25x7.00x7.50
$17.95
Rotates For Hummingbirds Only 8oz
8
4.75x4.75x4.75
NA
Bottle   Webster
8
8.00x3.00x1.50
NA
Saucer Aspects HummBlossom
4
5.00x5.50x2.40
$13.95
Tube Songbird Essentials Tweeter Totter
2 x 2
2.00x17.00x6.00
$16.99
Tube Window Songbird Essentials Window Wonder
2
6.00x 2.00x4.00
$16.99
© Hummingbird Nectar, LLC.All rights reserved.
Tucson AZ Hummingbird Capital of the USA
   

 

 

 

Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

QUICK FIND INDEX

ABOUT
NECTAR
MISCELLANEOUS
ARTICLES/ TIPS
Customer Service Our Nectar Scientific References Hummingbird Antics How do Hummers differ from other birds?
Made in USA Policy Comparison of Nectars Electrolytes Hummingbird Bills & Tongues Hummingbird Song
Mission Statement How to Prepare Nectar
FEEDERS
Hummingbird Survive Cold Nights Do Hummingbirds Dance?
Our Friends Do You Know What is in Your Nectar? Comparison Dangers Hummingbirds Face Helpful Hot Weather Hummingbird Hints
Fund Raising   Aspects Mini Humzinger Hummingbird Eating Insects Family- Trochilidae
Our Packaging
HELP & CARE
First Nature Hummers in Hand Migration
Wholesale Rescue and Care of Hummingbirds Oriole Hummingbird Metabolism Social Behavior
SPECIES
How to Feed Hummingbirds in the Winter Cold Pest Barriers Hummingbird Myths Understanding Hummingbirds Needs
Allen's
BIRDS THAT ENJOY NECTAR
Origins of Feeders Nesting Hummingbird Flight
Anna's Orioles - Attracting & Feeding For Hummingbirds Only Raising Baby Hummingbird Where have the Hummingbirds gone?
Bahama Woodstar Verdin Webster ** Photographing Hummingbirds  
Berylline  
NESTING
   
Black-chinned Nesting Materials Our Scientific References Soundly Sleeping Hummingbirds
Blue-throated
BOOKS
  Frequently Asked Questions/ FAQ Hummingbird Plants
Broad-billed Books   Pest/ Ants & Bees Arthur Cleveland Bent/
The Life Histories of North American Birds
Hummingbirds

Broad-tailed
DESTINATIONS
HOOKS
Bats at Hummingbird Feeders Interesting Facts
Buff-bellied North America Hooks & Brackets    
Bumblebee Central America      
Calliope South America      
Costa's Captive in Aviaries      
Green-breasted Mango        
Green violet-ear   .    
Lucifer        
Magnificent (Rivoli's)        
Plain-capped Starthroat        
Ruby-throated        
Rufous        
Violet-crowned        
White-eared        
Xantus