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Watch: Determined Hummingbird Tries Feeding Off Orange Hat


It's no secret that hummingbirds love bright colors, and zone in on flowers that are red, orange and bright pink, because those colors are an indication to these tiny birds that there's nectar to be collected. They're attracted to red more than any other color, which is why hummingbird feeders are red with some yellow mixed in.

But in some cases, they can be fooled by a bright orange hat.

That's exactly what happened when one outdoorsman made a new friend, courtesy of this very determined hummingbird.

It makes multiple attempts to draw nectar out of the top of the man's head, burying its long beak in various holes in the hat. 

Odds are it won't make the same mistake again, because while this may seem like a fairly dumb move, hummingbirds have big brains and are fairly smart. Studies have shown that they can remember every flower they've ever visited. Or in this case, a hat. 


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