Humdinger Hummingbird Facts

The world of birds is filled with many fascinating species. One of these has got to be the hummingbird.

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Bee Hummingbird

There are around 300 species of the hummingbird. Each of these is small, but the tiniest of them all is the Bee Hummingbird. This little fella only measures 1 to 2.4 inches long (about the size of a bee).

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Did you know?

  • Hummingbirds beat their wings extremely fast when they are hovering. It ranges from 720 beats-per-minute all the way up to 5,400 beats-per-minute! animated-hummingbird-image-0035
  • The hummingbird is the only species of bird that can fly backward
  • Hummingbirds got their name from the sound their beating wings make – they hum.
  • When hummingbirds fly in the rain, they dispel the droplets by violently shaking their heads. They can shake their heads up to 132 times per second!
  • The hummingbird has no sense of smell.
  • When the hummingbird migrates, it flies up to 20 hours a day non-stop. They must fly over the Gulf of Mexico for 500 miles.
  • The Rufous Hummingbird has the longest migration. It must travel 3,000 miles from Alaska to Mexico where it will spend the winter months.
  • This little bird must eat a lot. On an average day, a hummingbird will consume double its body weight in nectar.
  • A hummingbird eats by protracting and contracting its tongue. It does this around 13 times per second.
  • The female hummingbird only lays two eggs each season. Her eggs are smaller than jelly beans.
  • The average Ruby-throated Hummingbird weighs 3 grams – a nickel weighs 4.5 grams!

Isn’t the hummingbird one fascinating creature? Tell us your thoughts about this little bird in the comments section.

Where’s the Hummer Hiding?

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Can you spot the hummingbird in this picture? He’s trying to stay very still!

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