Hummingbird

February 24, 2022

Hummingbirds are fascinating small birds with fast-moving wings and long beaks. You can see them dart around flowers and nectar feeders.

10 Facts About Hummingbirds

Below are ten interesting facts about hummingbirds.

  1. These are the only known birds that can fly backward.
  2. Hummingbirds are the smallest migrating birds. They do not migrate in flocks like other bird species. A hummingbird can travel alone for about 500 miles at a time.
  3. Hummingbirds drink the nectar in the feeders by moving their tongues in and out about 13 times in a second.
  4. These small birds are eaters! These small flyers can eat up to twice their body weight within a day.
  5. Did you know that the name hummingbird comes from the humming noise that their wings make as they beat so fast?
  6. They usually weigh less than a nickel.
  7. Hummingbirds use their tiny legs only for perching and moving sideways while perched since they cannot walk or hop on the tiny legs.
  8. Hummingbirds don’t smell. Even though they cannot sniff out feeders, they have remarkable color vision. For instance, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird prefers orange or red flowers. However, red dye used in nectar could harm these birds—plant naturally orange or red flowers. You can also use feeders with red coloring in their structure.
  9. A flock of hummingbirds is referred to as a glittering, a bouquet, a shimmer, a tune, or a hover.
  10. There are more than 330 species of hummingbirds in North and South America. The common species in the US include Anna’s Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Black-chinned Hummingbird.

15 Comments

  1. Liz Armigo

    Thank you for this info -🌻
    Have a great day!

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  2. Dennis

    Mother Natures most interesting creature! Put out feeders annually. They are very entertaining! Praying Matis are their natural enemy.

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  3. Deborah

    Very interesting! Thank you.

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  4. Kathleen Ward

    I love animals and I am very interested in all your detailed information.

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  5. Dan Johnson

    To me, these are one of God’s most beautiful creatures he created. Thank you Lord for this little bird that you have given to us to enjoy.

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    • Jasminne

      Amen

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  6. phil Carter

    I live on a farm in California and these birds give me joy everyday. Yes they are beautiful!

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  7. Tam

    My Native American totem animal is the Hummingbird. It symbolizes JOY and is the final totem out of them all.
    I’ve always heard I am fragile, in addition to other qualities of hummingbirds but am so happy to see the independence
    (fly by themselves and never “stand” or “walk”) and strength of these creatures (fly 500 miles by themselves)…
    as well as the other descriptions. I really like this, as I am extremely independent and strong, move around quickly
    and eat a ton!! Thank you for teaching us more about this delightful bird. I will share with my elementary classes today!

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  8. Jan

    Thanks for the info on hummingbirds. I found it very interesting..They are so tiny and cute.

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  9. Virginia Haines

    I am abso!utely fascinated in these birds and try my best to protect them as much ad possible! This includes feeding them! Their babies are so pdrfect!

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  10. Roxanne Myers

    I agree that these beautiful beings are one of earth’s most magnificent, captivating wonders

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  11. Goldie Bouder

    I agree with Dan Johnson. Hummingbird is very tiny and beautiful colors. I enjoy to watch hummingbirds
    to drink trumpet plants for long time. That’s leaves like size as hummingbirds. I use my focus item.
    Now the trumpets removed, cuz spread seeds on grasses.

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  12. Fari Hurney

    Amen! God is great!

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  13. Barbara Lentz

    when you show a picture of a bird or any animal, please tell your readers what the name of the animal is. For example, the bird above you identify as a hummingbird, but what specie of hummingbirds is this?. a Anna’s Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Black-chinned Hummingbird?

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  14. Harold Dalton

    These r super birds .I use to feed them all the time till I moved .I’m amazed how far they can go and come back to y place.

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