Hummingbird Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Hummingbird Totem Animal

The hummingbird spirit animal symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. Those who have the hummingbird as a totem are invited to enjoy the sweetness of life, lift up negativity wherever it creeps in and express love more fully in their daily endeavors. This fascinating bird is capable of the most amazing feats despite its small size, such as traveling great distances or being able to fly backwards. By affinity with the hummingbird, those who have this bird as totem may be encouraged to develop their adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic outlook.

Hummingbird Meaning

The hummingbird generally symbolizes joy and playfulness, as well as adaptability. Additional symbolic meanings are:


  • Lightness of being, enjoyment of life
  • Being more present
  • Independence
  • Bringing playfulness and joy in your life
  • Lifting up negativity
  • Swiftness, ability to respond quickly
  • Resiliency, being able to travel great distances tirelessly

The hummingbird spirit animal and the enjoyment of life

If the hummingbird shows up in your life as a spirit animal, it may remind you to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and take time to enjoy yourself. The hummingbird’s wisdom carries an invitation to take part in and draw to you life’s sweetness, like you would drink the nectar of your own flower.


The call of the hummingbird totem will guide you to open up to love and lightness in your emotional life. When you see your totem, you are encouraged to open up your heart and expose yourself more to joy and love. It might be time to show how you feel to loved ones or people who are close to you.

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The hummingbird and the power of swiftness and flexibility

The hummingbird is one of the most fascinating birds because of its ability to move its body swiftly, change direction quickly and smoothly, seemingly gliding from one place to another. By affinity with this power animal, you can be encouraged to use or develop a similar skill.

When the hummingbird shows up in your life, it may be an invitation to flex you path, perhaps even bending backward or forward, in order to accommodate life’s circumstances. You may be required to adapt to a situation that is a bit more demanding than usual. The wisdom carried by this spirit animal emphasizes flexibility and lightness in your approach to the unexpected.

The hummingbird, a power animal indicative of strong sensibility

By association with the hummingbird power animal, you may have already developed a strong adaptability and are typically quick to respond to any demand. You may also have a high sensibility and feel every nuances of emotions or movement in your environment.


Brought to the extreme, this ability may lead you to emotional instability as you shift rapidly from one feeling or mood to another without warning. The hummingbird totem wisdom could challenge you to figure out how to stand strong while being able to move quickly and fly high, whether it’s through your personal or spiritual aspirations.

How to use the hummingbird spirit guide to lift up negativity

The spirit of the hummingbird is a powerful mean to lighten up your mood when you feel down. This power animal is a useful ally to lift you up and instill more joy and playfulness in your daily grind.

When facing challenges or an environment plagued by negativity, call on the hummingbird to help you bring a positive outlook on the situation and find your way out with optimism.

The hummingbird totem and the wisdom of accomplishing great feats

Don’t be deceived by the size of this spirit animal: Even if the hummingbird is one of the smallest birds, it can travel great distances. Those who have that bird as totem are characterized by their resiliency and their ability to run great distances tirelessly. Inspired by this totem, you will be inclined to accomplish what seems impossible to most while keeping it light and enjoyable.

The hummingbird is known for burning a lot of energy quickly to keep flying and therefore needs to find sources of food constantly. If you have the hummingbird as a totem, you may benefit from resting often and taking time to feed yourself with enough, whether it’s physically, emotionally or spiritually, to keep going.

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389 Responses to Hummingbird Spirit Animal

  • Carndog

    Today I was having a reacurring dream with some little variations. It was a dream of my family mostly the part I remember was with my bro geo at our house in somerset …we were rigging a self watering system. Then my dream switched to me seeing a hummingbird and calling my bro to look how close it was but sadly the hummingbird was getting way tooo close. It began to fly close to me ear as if it were a flower and the inside of my ear had nectar. I literally felt the small tongue like thing licking the inside of my ear… It scared me soooo much and I couldnt block away my ear because the hummingbird was way too fast I began to scream in my dream! I then woke up still yelling and somewhat in pain and COMPLETELY FREAKED OUT! what did it mean? ! I know it meant something because I never dream and when I have its always been for a reason or something I could interpret…..

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  • Ari

    I have had a mandala wind chime for 10 years. It has bells hanging from it. For as long as I can remember the bell in the center of the wind chime has been missing. I always meant to hang something in the center but never did. A couple years ago a Hummingbird started hanging out with me on my porch. She one day perched in the center of the wind chime where the bell was missing.  She then started to bring stuff with her, and made a nest. She laid two eggs and one hatched and thrived. It was a beautiful experience to watch this from my front porch. If I had ever filled that space in where the bell was missing I never would have experienced this divine interaction. I now have that wind chime tattooed on me, with nothing in the center. It is a constant reminder to always make space to be filled with love. Since the experience I have been so connected to Hummingbirds. I have since moved a couple times and they always find my feeders. My fiances mothers name is even Hummingbird. It is the divine spirit that we are all blessed to experience.  We have so much to learn from mother nature.  Love and light, Ari

    • Alicia

      Love this!!

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  • Joanne Priest

    Hi Tamara and Adorama,
    What a wonderful idea for sharing the good that happens in our lives.
    Just before Thanksgiving, while I was leaving home to go to work, I noticed a woman lying 1/2 in the street and 1/2 in the road. I stopped and asked the young man standing over her if he needed help. He asked, “Do you know CPR?”  Seriously, you think it is the last thing anyone will ask you on any given day.  But, this day, a neighborhood walker collapsed on the ground while out enjoying a beautiful day in our neighborhood.
    So, sure, I had CPR ten years ago, and doubted myself, but got busy with what would be a long 10 minutes until anyone else arrived.  Ten minutes of CPR never has a good prognosis.  I got her pulse back twice, then I lost her at the very end. 
    When the paramedics finally arrived, I moved out of the way and crushed, I went on to work, late once again, sad.  For days, I watched the newspaper’s death notices to see if I could find her name and more about her, but I saw nothing.  Days later, someone left me this comment. ” Mary is my neighbor. She has walked your streets for 30 years and prays to each house to find some peace in their burdensome lives. She is alive today, surrounded by her family and 23 grandchildren.  Even though the doctors during that first hour in the ER told the family, there was no way she would wake up as certainly she has brain damage.  She is going home tomorrow to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary.  Thank you for saving her. She means to world to everyone”
    The next week, at my door, was a knock and it was Mary. We met again and it was magical. I dont think I saved her so much as she saved me!  She has been a silent neighborhood angel all these years, walking past our homes blessing us.  Peace and Love to you all that I do not know. May you all find a Mary in your lives

  • sharon

    Had a similar experience with a hummingbird. Our feral cat that we fed for 3 yrs but could neva get to come in, found her way to the bottom of out stairs,barely breathin, not movin and pupils dilated. At that point she was almost expired, wen I got up from bendin down to see her there was a hummingbird flyin just above her head . Neva eva seen 1 here before…..

  • Anonymous

    Hummingbirds are representative of our loved ones reminding us they are still around watching over us??

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  • Billy

    By best fiend, my 11yr.old yellow Lab, passed away early this morning. As I was out by my fence on the phone discussing his cremation arrangements,I looked up to find a humming bird about 10 inches from my face. This little creature flew side to side right in my face for nearly half a minute. Some hours later minutes after my old pal was taken to the crematory I walked to my kitchen window and there again just above through spot I normally fed my pal,was the humming bird once again. He lingered for a moment,then flew away in the same direction as my pal when he left home a few minutes before.

    • Hilda

      Billy, I just wanted to let you know that I also had the same experience with the hummingbird. The only difference was that my Mom had passed away. Thanks for sharing your story! and I’m sure something spiritual or magical has to do with it.

      • Anonymous

        Same for me. We used to sit on the patio and watch them feed. The day he passed away, 7 flew in at once. One of them flew infront of me and kept looking at me. I blurted out “hi Mowgli” and he flew away to eat. I just saw one today for the first time in a long time. I think he’s letting me know it’s gonna be ok:)

  • charlotte

    Is something bad or good going to happen

    • Herbert

      Yes.

  • Starla

    I just recently moved to a new city with my boyfriend and in the early morning I had a hummingbird fly in front of me 3 days in a row. A little history- my grandma was absolutely in love with hummingbirds and decorated her while house with them in and outside. A few years ago my grandma passed away due to stage 4 cancer. She has a hummingbird on her headstone. I just wanna believe that these past occurrences was somehow her telling me it was alright that I moved…

  • Kristin

    I had a boyfriend who always said I was like a little hummingbird…and he disappeared from my life suddenly a few months ago.

    The other day I was thinking about him and as this was happening I saw two hummingbirds, clearly a male and female, flew past me.  I’d never seen one in person before.

    A few days later I heard from him for the first time in 2 months.  It was crazy, a sign he was thinking about me too.

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  • Jerome

    Last night memory lane took me to my gran’s house. The establishment is still in tact and operating even though grandmom isn’t . To get to the point, I was greeted in the living room by a hummingbird.. I left the light on so it wouldn’t be frightened. I left this morning & I’m pretty sure the hummingbird can get out through one of the higher windows left open..

    • Anonymous

      I was just visited by a hummingbird on my patio. She stayed for a millisecond and went away. The last time I was visited by one, I was on my deck at my old home that I shared with my husband and our 10 year old son. My husband died in 2009, we’ve moved and now I’m involved with a man for three years and we’re in love. He’s been feeling sick, and here she comes again. Please let this NOT be any kind of sign!

      • paula

        don’t be afraid.  from what i’ve read, the hummingbird is a very positive sign, encouraging you to be light-hearted and enjoy your life … maybe because you’ve been too serious about your world in general, lately. 
        if your love is not feeling well, get pragmatic and figure it out and then resolve it.  one thing i do know from experience is never to let a health issue slide … i have seriously battled back from more than one scare and eventually conquered, but time, patience, and knowledge, and follow-through
        are essential.  get strong and resolved and you will, too!
        positive vibes to you and yours!

      • Anonymous

        You seem like a tremendously good person. Whatever the case try the best you can to keep your energy level at a positive light- even if it’s a bit fake- this will provides others around you with a sense of optimism.
        Is you’re partner doing better ?

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