Search of the Week: “are hummingbirds poisonous?”


Small animals that are poisonous or venomous often sport bright colors to warn away predators. This doesn’t apply to hummingbirds.

No. Where it’s legal to do so (not in the U.S., where they’re protected by federal law), you could eat as many hummingbirds as you want without suffering any ill effects.

What’s that? Oh, you meant venomous. No, they’re not venomous, either. If they were, I’d know, because I’ve handled thousands of ’em.