14 Amazing facts about hummingbirds
- Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.
- A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.
- Hummingbirds have an average life span of about 5 years.
- 30% of a hummingbird’s weight consists of flight muscles.
- Hummingbirds need to eat on average 7 times per hour for about 30-60 seconds.
- A gorget is the patch of bright, flashing, colored feathers on the hummingbird’s neck.
- Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but can see farther and hear better than humans.
- Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly, and like to perch, spending most of their life perching.
- A hummingbird’s brain is 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.
- Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly forwards and backwards. They can hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.
- Hummingbirds have tiny hairs on the tip of the tongue to help lap up nectar.
- Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill. A hummingbird’s favorite color is red and they like tubular type flowers the most.
- Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.
- Hummingbirds lay the smallest eggs of all bird’s measuring less than 1/2 inch long.
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