Tiny But Mighty – Hummingbird Tattoo Guide (70+ Examples!)

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Hummingbird tattoo kills two birds with one stone (pun intended!) – it is an aesthetically beautiful animal that has long established positive meaning in many communities around the world.

It’s a tiny but mighty little bird, which makes it a symbol of courage and strength for many.

And if you’re just looking for a lovely small tattoo, it’s a perfect match!

Scroll down to find our quick overview and over 70 hummingbird tattoo examples!

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Every Tattoo Has A Story – Hummingbird Tattoo Meaning

Hummingbirds are the smallest members of the avian class, with its tiniest member (bee hummingbird) being only 2.25 inches and weighing only 2 grams!

However, they are a part a large hummingbird family of over 300 species.

And hummingbirds been around a very long time, just like the bees – they have evolved in the Americas around 22 million years ago.

Hummingbirds come in a wide variety of jewel-like colors and are incredibly agile as they can hover still for seconds and fly backward.

As cute as they are, hummingbirds are actually incredibly fierce, to the point of attacking intruders with their long beaks.

Being so brave, but also the only bird that can fly backwards, it is obvious why they are a source of inspiration for many.

To the Indigenous cultures of the Pacific Coast, the hummingbirds have a wide pallete of meanings:

  •  a messenger of joy
  • intelligence,
  • beauty,
  • devotion,
  • love
  • fierce fighters and defenders of their territory

Best Hummingbird Tattoo Placements

Hummingbird tattoos can come in all sizes. One can play with the fact that they are tiny, and get a small hummingbird wrist tattoo, even when featuring the whole hummingbird body.

Also, if you are looking for a small and inconspicuous placement, a hummingbird neck tattoo can be a cheeky way to be bold with your tattoo, but also easily cover it with hair.

Additionally, hummingbird forearm tattoo can be a beautiful piece, especially adding flowers and butterflies around it for a lovely nature tattoo.

Hummingbird Tattoo Ideas

To help you with your research for your next tattoo design, we went on a hunt through Instagram to find the best hummingbird tattoo ideas.

Take a look below to check them out all:

Small Hummingbird Tattoo

Getting a small hummingbird tattoo doesn’t have to be at the expense of artistic details!

Even at less than 2-3 inches, you can get a unique hummingbird tattoo with or withour color, more or less realistic.

Common placements are on the arms, mostly wrists and forearms, but ribs, too.

Simple Hummingbird Tattoo

If you want your tattoo to be small but without too many details, a simple hummingbird tattoo is the way to go.

It can be just a simple hummingbird tattoo outline, or even composed out of cleverly done light shadow work.

When it comes to simple tattoos, less details adds to the harmony and elegance of the design.

Hummingbird Tattoo With Flowers

Many who have grew up seeing hummingbirds, have seen them around flowers in their closest environment.

If you now want to get a hummingbird with flowers tattoo, you might want to use the most common flowers that attract them for the design.

Alternatively, you can use birth flowers of your loved ones that you want to portray, too.

Black and White Hummingbird Tattoo

There are many hummingbird species that come in shades of grey and black.

Still, when people opt for a black and white hummingbird tattoo, it doesn’t necessarily have to be for realism.

Many people want to keep their tattoos in the same style or shade, which makes choosing no color a no brainer!

Colorful Hummingbird Tattoo

The incredible color combinations that hummingbirds come in can feel almost surreal, especially in zoomed in photografies such as these.

Fuchsia pink, emerald green, sun-bright orange and royal purple are commonly seen colors when researching hummingbirds.

So, of course, the impact is seen also in tattoo art. Colorful hummingbird tattoos come in a wide color palette, as well as in many different tattoo styles.

Watercolor Hummingbird Tattoo

To continue the previous section, watercolor hummingbird tattoos represent a subgroup of it.

The watercolor tattoos are usually bigger, as the mild, desaturated splashes are more spread out to follow through with the watered down effect.

The hummingbird is at its center, more zoomed in to feature its cute face, making it a very feminine tattoo style.

Traditional Hummingbird Tattoo

Hummingbirds have long been a staple elements of the old school American tattoo style.

The traditional hummingbird tattoo features bright red, yellow and green color, with strong black outline, putting an accent on the hummingbird avian features.

Fine line Hummingbird Tattoo

The gentle style of the fineline tattoos comes in perfect when it comes to hummingbird tattoos, perfectly depicting their gracious flight and hovering in the air.

Fineline hummingbird tattoo can be done in various sizes, and for various placements, making it a modern and universally liked style that will not go out of style.

In the case of a geometric hummingbird tattoo, there are a couple of approaches you can take.

The hummingbird itself can be done in the form of geometric lines, in some cases creating just the outline.

On the other hand, it can be done in a manner where the geometric elements are around the hummingbird, creating a fun composition.

Realistic Hummingbird Tattoo

Many tattoo artists go for the ultimate challenge – real-life sized tattoo in photographic details.

The realistic hummingbird tattoo feels like this small bird is fluttering on the wearer’s skin, especially when done in color.

It’s a special moment in time that we feel privileged to witness.

Hummingbird and Butterfly Tattoo

In nature, hummingbirds and butterflies are commonly seen around the same flowers.

When done as a hummingbird and butterfly tattoo, they are portrayed on top of colorful flowers that attract them.

This tattoo can have a strong memorial meaning, portraying one loved one as a hummingbird and the other through the butterfly.

Ornamental Hummingbird Tattoo

Ornamental hummingbird tattoo features additional decorative elements around the tiny bird or the flowers it surrounds it.

It can be a mandala pattern, some tribal elements, or even just basic geometric elements.

Are you looking for a custom hummingbird tattoo design? We got you.

Our expert tattoo artists will provide a quick initial draft to get you going.
Happy inking ❤

Milena Petrovic

Milena Petrovic

Co-founder of Tattoo Stylist

About the author

Milena has decided to start an organization that will create a safe environment for everybody to get their first, second or third tattoo and to encourage young people to transform their ideas into tattoos safely, with talent and vision.

You can find her writing about tattoos on Quora or updating our Pinterest profile with awesome tattoo ideas!

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