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Amazing Facts about the Hummingbird

By Edited Oct 13, 2015 0 2

The hummingbird is a beautiful bird that gets its name for how its wings sound when they beat. This bird is is part of the Trochilidae family found only in the Americas. These birds are nonexistent in the Eastern Hemisphere. Hummingbirds have incredibly fast beating wings, and a long beck to get into trees and flowers to get their sweet juices that lay inside. There are many amazing facts about the hummingbird that will be addressed in this article.

hummingbird flying

1. It is the smallest animal of all that has a backbone, and it is the smallest bird of all.

2. They can move their wings in circles so they can move up, down, backwards, forewords, and even stay in place.

3. They have absolutely no sense of smell.

4. Its heart rate can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute. That is an amazing fact!

5. They con conserve their energy when they want to be going into a hibernation-like mode called torpor. In this mode, their metabolic rate is slowed to an amazing 1/15 of what it usually is.

6. Another amazing fact about the hummingbird is that during migration, some hummingbirds make a 500 or more mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico without even stopping.

7. They will feed 5 to 10 times an hour for only 30 seconds or so at a time.

8. Percentage wise, hummingbirds have the largest brain because the rest of their body is so small!

9. Hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds with over 300 different types of species.

10. Most hummingbirds die in their first, but some live up to four years old! Once, there was a hummingbird that died at the age 14 years old.

11. I am jealous of hummingbirds in the fact that their main diet consists of sugar. They get this usually from the nectar in a flower and tree sap.

12. Their wings make a humming sound that you can hear when the hummingbird is in flight.

13. 30% of a hummingbird's body weight is flight muscles. These creatures are like solid muscle with feathers on top.

14. A hummingbird's flight speed averages 25-30 mph, but when they dive they can reach up to 60 mph.

Hummingbird with Flowers

These creatures are amazing and have so many different unique qualities. If you want to know what they look like in person, I would suggest you buy a hummingbird feeder and attract them to your feeder! I hope these amazing facts about the hummingbird have showed you these are just another one of God's great creations.



Oct 6, 2010 9:45am
I have 4 hummingbird feeders in my yard in the summer. I find it sad when they go south for the winter, but look forward to seeing them again in May (I live in Ontario, Canada) Great article!
Oct 6, 2010 11:10am
thnaks for nice info
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