Small Birds You Hardly See – The itty bitty birds, so small you may think you see things, often go unnoticed. The flashy birds, like the Birds of Paradise, and the tough ones, like Hawks and Eagles, get all the attention. But small bird species deserve some recognition too. Discover some of the tiniest bird species on the planet.
Blushing Finch: This eye-catching bird is an African Finch with bright blue feathers. Males have a red spot on their cheeks, making them look like they’re always blushing. These birds are only about 5 inches long and weigh only about .35 ounces, which is about the same as three pennies. You can find this species in central and eastern Africa.
The Verdin bird changes from blue to yellow as it travels from Africa to the Southwest United States and Mexico. This tiny bird is a type of penduline tit, growing to only 4.5 inches when fully mature. It’s the second smallest passerine bird in the Americas, with the American bushtit being the smallest at 4.3 inches. You can see the Verdin bird searching for insects among plants in the desert or occasionally taking a small amount of sugar from hummingbird feeders.
The Lesser Goldfinch is the smallest type of finch found in North America and belongs to the Spinus genus. It could be the smallest finch in the world, with an average length of 3.5 to 4.7 inches. The Andean Siskin is similar in size, measuring 3.7 to 4.3 inches. Despite its small size, the Lesser Goldfinch is a tiny bird, weighing only 0.28 to 0.41 ounces.
The goldcrest bird is also known as Regulus regulus in scientific language. “Regulus” means “little king” or “prince.” The goldcrest belongs to the kinglet bird family and is the smallest bird in Europe. It is only 3.3 to 3.7 inches long and weighs only 0.16 to 0.25 ounces. Despite its small size, the goldcrest is strong and takes care of its young effectively. Female goldcrest can incubate up to 12 eggs at once and may even have two broods in one season.
The Goldcrest is the tiny bird in Europe, but the world’s smallest bird is the bee hummingbird. It’s tiny, only about 2 to 2.4 inches long, and weighs as much as a penny. These little birds build nests from cobwebs and lichen and lay eggs the size of peas. The bee hummingbird is only found in Cuba and is becoming rare due to the loss of its natural habitat as forests are turned into farmland.
The willow tit, which is small in size, enjoys cold weather. It can be found in northern Asia and sub-arctic Europe, and is typically 4.5 inches long and weighs 0.31 to 0.38 ounces, similar to the marsh tit. Although the willow tit and the marsh tit look identical, their sounds differ.
The small and colorful bird species, known for its vibrant plumage, can be found in the eucalyptus forests of eastern and southern Australia. Despite its tiny size of only 3.1 to 3.9 inches, this bird is one of the smallest species on the continent. They like to nest in small tunnels. Sadly, the loss of its natural habitat to human activities such as sheep grazing and urban development is causing a decline in its population.
The weebill bird gets its name from its tiny bill. It’s one of the smallest birds in Australia, only measuring about 3 to 3.5 inches in length. Weebills travel in small groups and can be found in any wooded area, but they especially love eucalyptus forests.
The Costa’s Hummingbird is a small bird that lives in the desert areas of the Southwest of North America. It is 3 to 3.5 inches long and weighs only 0.1 ounces. The male Costa’s hummingbird has a shiny purple head.
The bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world, even smaller than other hummingbirds. Its eggs are about the size of a coffee bean and fit in a nest the size of a quarter. The bee hummingbird weighs less than a dime and is slightly bigger than a bumblebee. Unfortunately, this small size also makes it a target for predators such as mongoose, wasps, frogs, and spiders.
The Cape Penduline Tit also called the Southern Penduline Tit, is a much more active bird than the smallest bird in the world. These birds are grayish-yellow and can be found from South Africa to Angola and Zimbabwe. They live in shrublands and deserts and make their homes in tall, thorny trees. Their nests are very clever, looking like a trash can with a hatch that they can close using their foot.
The goldcrest and firecrest are known as the smallest birds in Europe. They both live in forests with conifer trees and go out of their homes in winter to find food. They can be found all over Europe, but firecrests are more common in southern Europe and can even be found in north Africa.
The Calliope Hummingbird is a tiny bird in North America. They travel from Canada to Mexico, covering 5,000 miles during their migration. This is an amazing feat, considering they are only 3 inches long. Calliope Hummingbirds fly low, searching for flowers that are ignored by bigger and more aggressive hummingbird species.
Scientists are still trying to learn about the habits of the Esmeraldas Woodstar, a tiny hummingbird found only in South America. This bird is only 2.5 inches long but has a beautiful purple throat and green markings that look like a small vest. They live in forests in Ecuador, especially in higher-altitude wooded areas.
The problem is that these birds are difficult to find in the wild and were thought to be extinct from 1912 until they were spotted again in 1990. They are rarely seen outside the breeding season, and their whereabouts for the rest of the year is unknown. The Esmeraldas Woodstar is also an endangered species due to the destruction of their habitats from logging.
Australia is known for having dangerous animals, but there’s much more to it than that. The weebill is a small bird with a big voice, sounding like it’s saying, “I’m a weebill.” You can hear these cries all year in places where they live. Although these birds are only found in Australia, they are found all over the country, except in the harshest areas. Weebills have unique cream and bright yellow feathers and have lived in one place for their whole life. They are social birds and hunt with other birds and their partners to raise their babies.
The Pale-billed Flowerpecker is a bird found in Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. It’s not very special to look at, but it’s easy to spot because it’s small. People can hear it singing a high-pitched song in gardens, especially in cities. These birds love to eat the fruit from Singapore cherries and mostly eat toxic mistletoe. They have strong stomachs that can handle the mistletoe, and the seeds come out of their body quickly and stick to trees. The mistletoe is a plant that takes nutrients from trees and helps the soil and environment around it. This makes the Pale-billed Flowerpecker very important for nature.
The storm petrel bird in this species is bigger than other small birds from other lands. Amazingly, it can breed in a tough place like this, which shows how strong nature can be. This bird is small but can still fly long distances by gliding through the waves.
This bird migrates along the Atlantic Ocean and can be seen from the east coast of the United States to the very bottom of South America. It eats crustaceans and small fish by hovering over the water and pecking its beak at the surface until it catches something to eat.