Small birds with long beaks are often notable for their seemingly disproportionate comical appearance that adds to their cuteness. Many of them are also favored for their brilliant colorful feathers. However, the small long beaked birds actually evolved such long mouths and beautiful appearance often for very practical reasons instead of styling. These reasons fundamentally relate to their feeding habits. The long beaks are applied to access nectar into the depths of flowers, extract inserts from crevices, bark, and foliage. For kingfishers, they can even use their elegant long break to catch fishes! And vivid colors make them easily hidden among plants, confuse predators that threaten their safety. Let's check out these adorable small long beaked birds. This post is all about them!

1. Hummingbirds
Welcome our superstar——Humming birds! Their vivid color and unique appearances make them well-known and welcomed by people around the world. Most of the humming birds only measure about 2 inches in length, and their beaks are around 0.8 inches long, which is almost as long as a half of their bodies! The Bee Humming birds are named after the humming sounds created from their wings. The incredible frequency they move their wings enables them to hover in mid-air and weave in and out of flowers to search for nectar as long as possible. One humming bird is able to visit over 1000 flowers a day.

It is vital for humming birds lovers to grow more native flowers and plants that offer more nectar to attract humming birds. For the humming bird feeders, make sure there is no artificial sweetness and change the water before it gets cloudy, at least twice a week.

2. Sunbirds
Sunbirds also have an extremely gorgeous appearance. They have bright and beautiful colors, relatively small body shape and long beaks —— It is the reason why they are often mentioned with hummingbirds. However, they actually belong to a different family. Sunbirds are belong to the spider hunters family, so a small part of them also eat insects besides nectars. Their long and curved beaks are applied for searching nectar from plants, and the long and tubular tongues are just perfect for the tubular red and orange flowers.

They can be found in Africa, Asia and Australasia, including sub-Saharan, Madagascar and Egypt. Therefore, it is almost mission impossible to attract them to our back yards in most paces around the world. However, trying your best to be environmentally friendly can not be wrong if you are willing to contribute to the conservation of sun birds.

3. Downy Woodpeckers
Downy Woodpeckers do not need flowery feathers to look cute. They are black and white birds with distinctive patterns and a red nape, and they are the smallest woodpecker in North America. The long beaks of Downy Woodpeckers are designed for drilling into wood to find insects, so the beaks are also very strong. The whole body of Downy Woodpeckers is around 6-7 inches, and there are amazing shock-absorbing structures in their skulls to prevent brain injury while pecking.

Downy woodpeckers are widely found in America, especially common to see on the east side. To attract them, you can provide suet, peanuts, peanut butter, black oil sunflower seeds and mealworms. Downy woodpeckers can be shy, so you can mount the bird feeder in the relatively peaceful part of your backyard. It is even better if the feeder is next to tall and mature trees, as the trees will make these little buddies feel very comfortable. 

4. Wrens

Some of the wrens, such as the Winter Wern, are only only 4 inches (10 centimeters) long. These tiny brown birds look like feathered round balls with short round wings and narrow tiny tails. They have long and slender beaks for extracting insects from creves. Wrens are energetic small birds that are famous for their complex and loud songs.

Wrens are one of the most common breeding bird in UK, so that they are consistent garden visitors there as well. However, they are still suffering from population declines in long and bitterly cold winters. If you welcome these brown feathered round balls to your bird feeder in back yard, remember suet, shelled peanuts and peanut butter are their favorite treats.

5. Pygmy Kingfishers

The colors of Pygmy Kingfishers look just like sunset. They are 4.7 (around 12 centimeters) inches in length with a long and pointed beak. Pygmy Kingfishers are excellent hunters, and they use pointed beaks to catch fish and other small aquatic prey.

It is almost impossible to attract these beautiful elves into your backyard, since they are found in Africa and are already absent from much of the horn of Africa, and also the drier western regions of Southern Africa. Now they are found in African woodland, savanna and coastal forest.

6.Red Crossbill

Red Crossbills are from the finch family, and it is obvious to find out that they are named after their dramatic colors and unique beaks. The colors of red crossbill are slightly different by genders, the male ones are more reddish and orange, while the females are typically more yellowish. The one of a kind crossed bills of them are adapted for extracting the seeds of conifer cones, since they are mainly found in coniferous forests across North America, Europe, and Asia. Red Crossbill often measures 6 inches(15 centimeters) long, but they are used to traveling long distances to search food. These little tough buddies are good singers as well, they can even mimic other birds' calls!

Just like Bee Humming Birds, they are bath lovers, so for people who are willing to attract red crossbills to their backyard, it is nice to provide a water source for bird baths. Red Crossbills are so dependent upon conifer seeds. Hence, instead of providing snacks like peanuts, planting conifer trees like pines and spruces can be attractive to red crossbills.
June 19, 2024 — Leah Lin

Leave a comment