Facts about Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are native to western hemisphere and found mainly in the Central, South and North Americas

Hummingbirds have a special shoulder structure which allows a rotating or sculling motion of the wings. This enables the bird to hover for long periods and even ?y backward, an ability possessed by no other type of bird . this talent to hover like a insect or a helicopter is the what sets apart hummingbird from others

Hummingbirds use sugar as their main food and intake it mainly on the nectar of various types of flowers they also consume tiny insects and spiders found in the flowers, which also provides them proteins

There are around 320 different species of hummingbirds ,“Ruby Throat” is the species of hummingbird found in Mississippi . 17 species of hummingbirds are found in north America

Hummingbird normally nests in cups made of plant ?bers, down, fur, and cotton and are lined on the outside with lichen, bark, paint chips, or other similar material

Incubation of hummingbird eggs lasts around 2 weeks

Hummingbirds do not migrate and spend most of their life in one limited geographical area

Hummingbirds can typically sleep in a “energy conserving” mode in night and their body temperature drops significantly

The bee hummingbird of Cuba is the smallest of the warm blooded animal

The largest hummingbird is the giant hummingbird

Hummingbirds are very brightly colored with the neck of the male being a specialty, the neck of male is also known as “gorget”

Hummingbirds eat often and can have as much 50-70 food circles daily

Hummingbirds enjoys taking splashes and water bathing

Some species Hummingbirds can flap their wings as much as 80 times per second

Hummingbirds cannot walk; they much fly or hop around

Males Hummingbirds do not participate in rearing of the chick, the chick remain dependent on mother for 2 weeks after leaving the nest. They leave the nest after 20 days of hatching

Average lifespan of Hummingbirds is 3-5 years

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