Reviewers Say These Hummingbird Camera Feeders Are the Best Ones Right Now — And They're All on Sale

I've spent ages reading all the reviews for hummingbird cameras so you don't have to... Here are the top-rated options

a smart bird feeder surround by hummingbirds
(Image credit: Birdfy)

Don't you just love the idea of hummingbirds flitting around your yard?

They're such beautiful birds that if they're regular visitors to your state, you'll undoubtedly want to put up a hummingbird feeder to attract them to your yard. Either that or plant up your containers and beds with the best flowers for hummingbirds.

Of course, when it comes to where to put your hummingbird feeder, you'll want it somewhere you can actually see your winged visitors. But it's not always possible to find a spot for it that's right next to your kitchen window. If you want a better view of the hummingbird's you're inviting into your garden, a smart feeder is a fun way to capture them on camera.

These smart devices are packed with lots of features, and you can see any hummingbirds at your feeder on your phone at any time. These feeders come at all different price points, but which is best? To help you decide, I've done a deep dive into the reviews to present the best reviewed ones to you.

What makes a good smart hummingbird feeder?

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In case you don't already know, hummingbird feeders are a little different from traditional bird feeders as they incorporate wells of 'nectar' (actually a sugar water mix) in faux flower heads to attract these sweet substance lovers. It's a very simple design, until you introduce the smart elements into them to record these birds in action, though some designs appear to work better than others at attracting and keeping hummingbirds happy.

Smart hummingbird feeders need to pass a few tests in order to garner the good reviews garnered by the collection below, including:

  • Connectivity — they need to be easy to set-up to your WiFi and non-glitchy when connecting to the live feed from your mobile device.
  • Camera quality — if the resulting footage doesn't spark joy, is there any point in videoing your hummingbirds in the first place?
  • Features — does your feeder have useful features like dual cameras? Will it send you alerts when hummingbirds appear on the scene?
  • Power — how long does the power last? Does it need charging indoors, or is it solar powered?
  • The basics — are hummingbirds attracted to it? Does it have a guard to protect from ants? Can you keep bees off your hummingbird feeder?
  • Subscription — do you have to pay to use or store video?

With these ideas in mind, I set about reading through the reviews of the most popular models at different price points to see which is the best bet for aspiring ornithologists.

Under $100



Can I connect my smart hummingbird feeder to WiFi?

Most smart hummingbird feeders can only connect to 2.4 GHz WiFi bands, where most standard WiFi routers are set to 5.0 GHz. It's generally possible to change your router to both bands so that you can connect, but some people find their set-ups won't allow them to do so for a variety of reasons.

Check before you buy that you can do this to avoid disappointment.

How should I set up a smart hummingbird feeder?

Though you'll often see this smart feeders hanging from the likes of a shepherd's hook or branch, when it comes to feeders with motion notifications, a fixed position attached to a stand, or fixed to a tree, is generally best. Otherwise you might find yourself getting lots of notifications of motion on a windy day.

With that in mind, opting for designs that have ants guards is important, and it's very easy for them to climb up trees and stands to help themselves to your sugar water supply.

Hugh Metcalf
Editor of

Hugh is the  Editor of From working on a number of home, design and property publications and websites, including Grand Designs, ICON and specialist kitchen and bathroom magazines, Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture, impactful interiors and green homes. Whether moonlighting as an interior decorator for private clients or renovating the Victorian terrace in Essex where he lives (DIYing as much of the work as possible), you’ll find that Hugh has an overarching fondness for luxurious minimalism, abstract shapes and all things beige. He’s just finished a kitchen and garden renovation, and has eyes set on a bathroom makeover for 2024.