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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401 Responses to Hummingbird Spirit Animal

  • Jean

    What does it mean when a hummingbird almost hits you in the face right after you answer a question?

    • Veronica

      I believe it means that you are exuding a vibrational frequency that has drawn it to you. Trust your instincts.

  • lost

    this past friday my best friend ever mypuggle spanky passed away as i sat on my moms porch grieving head down a few mintues later i heard a buzzing sound i looked up to see a humming bird just a few feet away was a humming bird just fluttering looking at me then it flew away could that have been spanky my best friend ever saying am ok now and i wont have to suffer love you little man rest in peace

  • Ivanka

    Lots on my mind today and feeling scared and sad.. Was sitting outside pondering when I noticed a Hummingbird feeding on my hanging basket.  Then it noticed Me…It flew a few feet and hovered over my head looking down talking to me with a soft bird voice in bird language…Keep getting closer and closer and I ran in the house my heart pounding.. And I understood every word…Thanks little buddy…you lifted my Spirit and I’m looking forward to My new future….

  • Anonymous

    These stories are all so beautiful. I was upstairs in my husbands childhood bedroom looking out the window and saw a humming bird flying around the flowers that hung over the balcony. I was hypnotized watching it,admiring it’s beauty. She wanted me to know that she is around, but not to search for her. I feel like it was a sign, (my mom that passed away in 2009 from cancer) that this is where I belong , with my new family.this was my 2nd encounter with a humming bird. 1st time when I was had just returned to my husbands old home town. That time I also tried to capture more time with the bird but it didn’t want to stay.
    Tho both times I had a love feeling that rushed over me. I was just full of love at that moment, over a bird? Or was it more that just a bird?

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  • Sal

    Feeling sad, discouraged, defeated and asked angels for a sign, help… I saw a hummingbird in a Tree. Really? A tree… Thst had no flowers. I got my answer! Thank you!

  • Victoria Riley

    I’m a minister of music at church.We had revival last note.Our final word was Rejoice always Rejoice.This morning while sitting outside, a hummingbird came and hoovered in front of me.It was gray with blues stripes.I could hear its wings him.I was reminded of Joy Joy Joy,from our Creatoe

  • Arlene

    I have been visited by a hummingbird in the past couple of months, same scenario. I am watering my plants and the hummingbird comes near me, enters the water from the hose, drinks some of the water and then bathes in. Hovers above me for awhile, and then leaves. I am always left with a smile on my face.  I truly believe it comes to lift my spirits, bring me happiness.

  • Heather

    I have recently created a logo that has a hummingbird in it. I love the meaning of this spirit animal. Is it ok if I place the intro paragraph onto the website, so we can explain why we used the hummingbird as the logo? I can reference your site and link to this page so you’ll receive credit.

  • Lovely lady

    I’ve never seen a Humming bird before but they are so like me I mean there fast I am really I mean REALLY fast. but to be fair who isn’t? I just lost my dog last Christmas and I began being more flexible like a humming bird and met the most sunny and happy friend IN THE WORLD his name is Lukas and I have a humming bird as a spirit animal.

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