What Does a Hummingbird Spirit Animal Mean and Symbolize?

what does a hummingbird spirit animal mean and symbolise

The hummingbird spirit animal is the symbol of joy, healing, versatility, and eternity. Hummingbirds are believed to bring the message that joyful days are near and send healing light. Maybe you just discovered that the hummingbird is your spirit animal and that you are asking What Does a Hummingbird Spirit Animal Mean and Symbolize?

Discovering the symbolic and spiritual meaning of spirit animals is a lifelong journey. Your spirit animal will guide you all your life with its messages if you would be there to see and hear them.

To start this lifelong journey, one can learn from the symbolic meaning of stories, songs, mythologies, rituals, etc. That is why I have collected different symbolic and spiritual meanings about the hummingbirds to make this journey easier for you. Enjoy!

What is a spirit animal hummingbird?

Have you ever felt like you have lost the joy in life? Did it happen that you do not know which path to follow? It happens to all of us. Getting out of such situations can be tough on our own. There come the spirit animals. They help and guide you through the journey of life.

A spirit animal hummingbird is such a messenger. Since their separation from their sister species, hummingbirds have traveled around the world for over 42 million years. Hummingbird spirit animals may share with you the wisdom he gained all these times. When talking about hummingbirds, famous American Poet James Oppenheim said:

“Quick as a hummingbird…she darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly dipping into the flowers of my heart.”

However, the meaning of different hummingbirds and their symbolisms across cultures will help you understand this spirit animal better. I have tried to explain everything in this article in a simple way.

What does a hummingbird spirit animal mean?

A hummingbird spirit animal usually means to enjoy life with joy and happiness. You may think, what significance can such a small bird bring to life? Well, their brain size is 4.2% of their total body size, which is the highest among birds. For the sake of comparison, our brain is only two percent of our total body size. Now you may not have any doubt about the ability of a spirit animal hummingbird.

We face many competitions in life. A rufous hummingbird spirit animal can help you win such competitions. These birds are popular for their aggressiveness and often attack and drive away other hummingbirds. They often do such activities to stay ahead of the competition of impressing female birds.

A ruby-throated hummingbird spirit animal will guide you in the long journey of life. These hummingbirds can travel a long way without any rest. Black-chinned hummingbirds live in different habitats. Hence a spirit animal black-chinned hummingbird means the ability to adapt in different situations.

Being the smallest of the birds, a hummingbird spirit animal allows you to get over any burden you have and enjoy the benefits of being light. These birds fly independently, do stunts, and spend most of their time in solitary. Hence, hummingbirds, as spirit animals, signifies the importance of freedom and playfulness.

What is the symbolic meaning of a hummingbird?

“Is it a monster bee,

Or is it a midget bird,

Or yet an air-born mystery

That now yon marigold has stirred,

And now on the vocal wing

To a neighbor bloom is whirred,

In an aery ecstasy, in a passion of pilfering?”

The Humming-bird, Richard Burton

Hummingbirds are important figures in different cultures and mythologies. They share various symbols. Following are some of the essential symbolic meanings of a hummingbird:

What does a hummingbird spirit animal represent?

A hummingbird spirit animal represents joy, playfulness, independence, lightness, swiftness, and spiritual journey. Hummingbirds are one of the fewest birds that collect nectar from flowers. The sweetness of the nectar brings joy to life. They also travel approximately 3,000 miles twice a year.

When I looked deeper into a hummingbird’s symbolism, I found out that Aztecs used to wear hummingbird talismans. They wore the talismans as an emblem of these birds’ energy, vigor, and propensity to work. Besides the Aztec God of war, Huitzilopochtli is also often depicted as a hummingbird.

Hummingbird native American symbolism: what do hummingbirds mean to native Americans?

Hummingbirds refer to various meanings in Native American cultures. People still use hummingbird tattoos there. Hopi & Zuni tribes relate these birds with the creation myth. The story states:

When drought and famine came to land, a young brother and a sister were starving. Their parents left to find food. The young brother then carved a piece of wood into a small bird to entertain his sister. She started to play with it, and when tossed into the air, the wood turned into a real hummingbird. Then watching the environment around, the hummingbird fled to the God of fertility. He begged for rain so that crops could grow again. God accepted his request, and the drought and famine had gone from the earth.

Hummingbird symbolism death

Usually, hummingbirds symbolize joy and enjoy the present. A dead hummingbird means that maybe you are stuck in the past. Perhaps now you should focus on your present and future.

Hummingbird blessings

If your spirit animal is a hummingbird, then it may visit you to bless you. Hummingbirds often bless people with their medicine of joy and nectar of life.

Hummingbird totem pole

When you are born with a hummingbird totem, it protects you from negative energies throughout life. It will help you find joy even in the smallest things. Besides, a hummingbird totem pole also enables you to be highly adaptable in different situations.

Hummingbird symbolism in Christianity and hummingbird biblical meaning

In Christianity, the belief is that the hummingbird spreads happiness. I have already mentioned several times about their cheerful symbolisms. Christians also do believe the same about this magnificent bird.

Is a hummingbird a sign?

Hummingbirds are often seen as the messenger from heaven. If you are going through a depression or distress situation, a hummingbird can be a sign that heavenly energies protect you, and everything will be fine soon.

What does seeing a hummingbird symbolize?

Do you see hummingbirds frequently? Based on how they are visiting you, meanings can be different. The following are some interpretations of hummingbird sights:

Hummingbird spirit animal visit

A visit from a hummingbird may symbolize that you are putting too much pressure on yourself. You do not have to go through this much. See how light the hummingbirds are yet enjoying life to the fullest.

What does a hummingbird flying next to you mean?

A hummingbird flying next to you is a message to embrace freedom. As it flies independently, you also should follow its path to lead a free life.

What does it mean when a hummingbird flies in front of your face?

When a hummingbird flies in front of your face, it may be a message that you do not see the smallest things in life that can bring tremendous positivity to your life. People often overlook this small bird. So, he comes directly in front of you to convey the message.

Hummingbird symbolism quotes

Here I leave two quotes about hummingbirds for inspiration in the journey of interpretation of the symbolization of your spirit animal.

“Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything.”

– Amethyst Wyldfyre (Spiritual Leader)

“Quick as a hummingbird…she darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly dipping into the flowers of my heart.”

– James Oppenheim

What does the hummingbird mean and represent spiritually?

The hummingbird is the smallest of all birds and is the only creature that can hover abruptly while flying at high speed. He can hang in the air in an unusual way, as well as the ability to move his wings by drawing an 8-shaped figure. The fact that figure 8 is a symbol of infinity contains a message for us.

Also, its ability to go backward, sideways, upwards, or downwards makes it unique among bird species.

People may experience periods when they are stuck in the concept of time.

Those who regret or yearn for the past will learn, under the guidance of hummingbirds, not to be lost by being buried in the past, and that the past is an experience that can be called maturely accepted.

Life evaluated with the awareness that the past creates the present and the present creates the future will save people from whirlpools.

We learn from the hummingbird that we wouldn’t be who we are today without them, even when the lessons are harsh and hurtful.

He explains that there is no harm in thinking about memories, but that these thoughts will only have value in terms of raising awareness, otherwise they will turn into a poisonous swamp.

Emphasizing not only not to be stuck in the past whirlpools of time, but also not to worry about the future, hummingbirds tell that the essential thing is this moment.

Capturing the essence of life at the moment, the essence of the joy of being in the moment is the basic symbolism of their ability to hang in the air.

What is the spiritual sign of a hummingbird?

Moreover, a hummingbird can be a spiritual sign that you are ready to embrace happiness even if you are alone. You will often see hummingbirds flying in solitude. Yet, he collects the nectar and enjoys the sweet gift of life and freedom.

In addition, the physical lightness of their bodies indicates that a soul loaded with worries cannot rise, as a symbol of leaving ourselves alone.

Because of their rainbow-colored plumage, some species are named after gemstones, such as the ‘ruby-throated hummingbird’.

These bright rainbow colors further deepen the message of how precious life is.

Although their favorite food is small insects, they love the sap they extract with their long tongues that allow them to reach deep into the pollen.

They can go beyond the hard and bitter surface layers outside the flower and go down to the depths where there are good flavors, they can discover deep pleasures.

The symbolism of this habit is the representation of enjoying life.

Plants and flowers are very fond of hummingbirds. Because they are the most precious birds that enrich life by carrying their dust to new lives and multiply themselves.

In folk cultures, the healing properties of flowers and plants are well known and valued. The hummingbird is associated with healing because the flowers absorb the nectar of life.

What does it mean if your spirit animal is a hummingbird?

A spirit animal hummingbird can appear to many. If you are unsure what your spirit animal is, you can find it through a Shamanic Journey like me. Read this article to know everything about finding out your spirit animal.

However, what does it mean when your spirit animal is a hummingbird? Well, in such situations, you can use the hummingbird’s power to overcome difficult situations in life. When a hummingbird appears to you as your spirit animal, he brings some unique messages to you. 

Hummingbird spirit animal power

As this colorful bird appears to you as your spirit animal, you get the power to take off your burden and be light like the hummingbird. It gives you the energy to work relentlessly to find joy. Our life goes through lots of ups and downs. The black-chinned hummingbird spirit animal will give you the power to adapt to all situations. Moreover, you can win the competition like the rufous hummingbird.

In addition, hummingbirds make the viewers happy and even cheer up. Joy is the healing energy that no medicine can offer

Their feathery light structure, the slightly vibrating sound of their wings, is likened to the healing of flower essences in symbolic meaning.

Since the pain and pessimism of humans are described as heavy in many languages, the physical lightness of the hummingbird is perceived as saying ‘cheer up, lighten up to people.

No one can make their heart or soul fly when they are under emotional weight.

People with the power of hummingbirds are capable of adapting easily to any situation and making the best use of new conditions.

They do not develop artificial addictions, find joy in their hearts, become happy, and radiate love and beauty around them.

They are inclined to see the good in people, so they are not affected by mean or harsh behavior, they believe that whatever is seen, there is goodness and beauty underneath.

Spirit animal messages hummingbird

When a spirit animal hummingbird comes to you, you need to find out what messages he came with. Based on who you are and what is happening in your life, the message will vary. Usually, a hummingbird spirit animal carries the message that you do not need to be superior to be happy. You may be as small as a hummingbird, but you still can enjoy your life. Besides, you have the agility and courage to overcome the odds. 

The hummingbird is a powerful animal that often comes to those with an innate interest in working with flowers.

These are people who are interested in growing plants, learn the tricks, and even make it a hobby.

For example, if they turn to professions such as producing herbal essences, they will be very successful. If they choose to heal, they will do therapy using flower essentials.

If your power animal is the hummingbird, you have a spirit that needs to be free and high bodily and spiritual energy.

However, if you feel caged and limited, you will trap your free and loving energy, you may become depressed and suffer from feelings of uselessness.

Spirit animal hummingbird deck

If your spirit animal is a hummingbird, you can have spirit animal cards to learn about his messages. These cards provide a lot of insights into your spirit animal. The following one is perfect for people with hummingbird spirit animals:

Animal spirit cards hummingbird

Get the hummingbird spirit animal oracle card with messages from other spirit animals too. You will get a deck of 68 cards along with a guidebook. 


Let the joy of hummingbird spirit animal guide you. Get this most precious gift of all; hummingbird medicine.

I hope this article would help you to receive this guidance and medicine.

These articles below can also be interesting for you:

My Shamanic Journeys Experience

How to Shamanic Journey?

Learn How to Find Your Spirit Animal

What Is the Meaning of a Spirit Animal?

How to Connect with Your Spirit Guides?

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