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The hummingbird is the smallest of approximately 10,000 bird species known. North America and South America are home to 343 distinct hummingbird species. Destruction and habitat loss have a detrimental effect on the natural population of hummingbirds. Global warming (climate change) has an effect on their migratory patterns and on hummingbirds’ regular behavior.

Interesting Hummingbird Facts:

1. The majority of hummingbirds attain a length of 3.3 inches and weigh between 0.07 and 0.7 ounces.

2. Hummingbirds have fewer feathers than other birds (less than 1000), yet are dubbed “the flying gems” due to their ability to alter the color of their feathers while flying. This one-of-a-kind trait is caused by the feathers’ iridescence and the interaction of light, moisture, and other variables.

3. Hummingbirds are called after the humming sound their wings make when flying.

4. Hummingbirds are very clever creatures. They have a bigger brain than other birds (in comparison to the rest of the body). The hummingbird’s brain weighs 4.2 percent of its whole body weight.

5. Hummingbirds can recall which flowers they have previously visited and how much nectar replenishment time each blossom takes.

6. Hummingbirds have superior vision and hearing than humans. They are even capable of detecting UV light. They lack a sense of smell.

7. Hummingbirds rely on their vision to discover flowers. They enjoy tubular red blossoms. Hummingbirds have a large beak that assists them in reaching the bottom of the blossom and a forked (W-shaped) tongue for sipping the nectar contained therein.

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8. Hummingbirds are well-known for their rapid wing movement. They can flap their wings up to 70 times each second. Unlike other birds, they fly in a complete circle. This style of flight needs a great deal of energy, which is why hummingbirds consume a large amount of food each day.

9. Hummingbirds rely heavily on carbohydrates (sugars) for flying energy. The greatest supply of sugar is nectar from flowers, which hummingbirds consume five to eight times every hour. It feeds for 30 to 60 seconds. Each day, the hummingbird visits around 1000 flowers.

10. Additionally, hummingbirds consume insects, which supply them with sufficient protein.

11. Hummingbirds have an abnormally fast heart rate. During the flight, the average heart rate is 1200 beats per minute. At rest, the heart rate is around 250 beats per minute.

12. Each night, hummingbirds enter a condition similar to hibernation called torpor, which assists them in conserving energy. Their heart rate slows, their temperature dips, and their metabolic rate reduces to 1/15 of what it should be. They often hang from the tree upside-down during this time.

13. Hummingbirds are not monogamous. They communicate via vocalizations throughout the mating season. After a brief mating period of less than four seconds, the female departs from the male and begins creating a nest for her eggs.

14. Typically, females deposit two eggs that are relatively tiny (0.5 inches in length). Eggs account for 10% of the mother’s weight. The baby is unable to fly and spends the first three weeks of its life in the nest.

15. The majority of hummingbirds perish within their first year of existence. Those that survive in the wild live an average of five years and more than ten years in captivity.

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