Hummingbird Spirit Animal | Meaning & Symbolism

Hummingbird Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

Hummingbird Spirit 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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Hummingbird Spirit Animal

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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429 Responses to Hummingbird Spirit Animal

  • Sara
    I got the gift today of being able to rescue and hold a hummingbird. I found out when I was 15 that one of my totems was a hummingbird along with a raven.. He kept singing such a sweet song once he wasent so scared and I let my son hold him as we let him go. I was having a rough couple of weeks and this little sure made me feel on cloud 9. He got stuck in a light in a store we randomly stopped at on our way home. And the 2 ladies working said they couldn't get near the little guy. And he was all. Dazed. And confused from the bright light hit a window. And was scared he let me pick him up and calm him down . One of my best memory ever.
  • IBeHereForYou
    Beautifully said :)
  • Angel
    I was born in Arizona and just recently moved back on my birthday. I was living in another country, Palau, for almost seven years. It was nice for a while but had it kind of rough there. Long story short, I was sitting in the back yard in Arizona and was looking down at the table and then looked up to my left and there was this hummingbird less than one foot from my face hovering staring dead at me. At first I thought it was going to fly away since I had picked my head up, but it didn't. The hummingbird and I just stared at each other for about fifteen seconds or a little longer. I blinked about three times in the time it was hovering and even then I thought it would fly away. It didn't. It was beautiful.
    • JOVAN
      THE SAME OCCURRENCE HAPPENED FOR ME, EARLY TODAY.
  • Quincy
    I got it and it fits me perfectly. I didn't subscribe and get the guide but I want to. Didn't memorize it :-(
  • Kelly Top
    Been going through some inner emotional times. Reflecting on my past & curious about the future. Less than a month ago I purchased my first (adult) bible & was just reading it on my patio with my morning coffee. Suddenly, a beautiful hummingbird startled me with its deep humming. It looked at me & stayed a few seconds before flying off. I immediately looked up the meaning of hummingbirds & found this article. Amazing! God has sent this beautiful creature to remind me there is great joy in my life, focus on the positive & open up to allow more love and greatness in.
  • Peter
    I was watching a movie when i felt sleepy and came into my bedroom. Barely 5 seconds later i hear a bird pecking my window and it was humming. Checked up online and found this blog. I have someone close to me who i push so far because i am used to being alone. I told her i don't think am capable of loving because of my past life i promised never to fall in love again... I know it's wierd for a guy to say that but the message of the bird i just need to let her in my life thank you
    • Just me
      Hi Peter I'm visiting friends in AZ. I was having an emotional day for some reason. I was guided to sit facing the desert. A hummingbird came along and sat right in front of me. Of course I had to look the meaning up. I read your comment and it hit home. The love of my life just suddenly shut me out of his life. Basically for the same reason you wrote.😢 Fear is one of our biggest enemies. Let her in!
  • Ray Yellowhair
    Hummingbirds are great !! My daughter has that as her name , she has the ability to run swiftly long distance in cross country @ her school!
  • Kat
    Feeling low, and thinking way too much..out of the blue I am face to face, eye to eye with the most beautiful hummingbird. I really needed this, thank you
  • Qi Qi
    My animal is hummingbird and spirit animal is butterfly. Both encouraging me to have lightness of spirit and both saying I am playful.😂
  • Artie
    Why does this have to be the ONLY reibllae source? Oh well, gj!
  • Jessica
    I had a dream last night that me and my two youngest went to someone's house and as I walked around the yard hundreds of hummingbirds landed on me. I was amazed and excited. We went into the person's house (I don't even know the people) and later came back out and the hummingbirds covered me again. It was awesome and I even told my daughter to take a picture.
  • Harmony
    I was visited twice today by a hummingbird, once out side my house, look right at me and once later in the day at my work and it looked into my window!
    • Gaddy james
      I was going through a tough situation and out of the blue this hummingbird came around and change my whole outfit thank you
      • Gabby
        Gosh, I wish I would have had that intoomafirn earlier!
  • brodie
    The hummingbird's heart 1,260 beats per minute!!! just in comparison our fastest heartbeat is about 200 beats per minute. And it wings flap 80 times per second that is one fast but elegant bird which i am proud to have as my totem
  • Dave
    Hummingbird came to visit me about 3 weeks ago so I went and bought a feeder. Have seen a young one every morning when I leave for work in the morning for the last week, again this morning. It flew around and then landed and watched me clean the ice off the feeder. As I moved the feeder, it flew very close, waiting for me to set it down. THANK YOU
  • Goodness
    i think a Hummingbird is good for my spirit Animal.

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