Hummingbirds And Some Things To Know About Them
There are thousands of species of birds in the world. One of these wondrous species is the hummingbird. They are native to the Western Hemisphere of the world, uncommon to find in any continent other than South and North America. However, they may be in zoos in some of the other continents. Aside from this, they also migrate northwards from July to September. There are over 300 different species of hummingbirds, out of which the smallest is the bee hummingbird, which is less than three inches big. Hummingbirds are small birds but can be quite vicious. The name ‘horn-billed’ hummingbird is so because their bills are quite dangerous. These birds use their bills to attack other birds such as crows, jays, and hawks. These are only a few fun facts about hummingbirds. Here are some more.
Fun Facts About A Hummingbirds And What Helps Them Fly Better
- Hummingbirds’ bodies are covered with what appears to be multicolored feathers. However, it only looks that way. It is the light and the placement of the feathers that make them appear to be so colorful. They also have approximately 1000-1500 feathers only, which is a fairly small amount. The minimal number of feathers and consequent featherweight help hummingbirds fly smoother and better.
- Many birds can hop from one place to another, such as pigeons. However, a fun fact about hummingbirds is that they cannot. Their feet are incredibly light, which restricts them from hopping, but also adds to their capacity to fly better due to a lighter weight.
- Hummingbirds can beat their wings between 50 and 200 times within a second, a number highly incomprehensible to the human mind. The wing flapping speed also depends on the direction of flying as well as the winds – their flying speed ranges from 30 to 60 miles per hour.
- As mentioned before, hummingbirds do not weigh all that much, yet 30% of their weight is their pectoral muscles. Pectoral muscles are those muscles present in birds that make them fly.
Fun Fact’s About Hummingbirds’ Bodies
- Hummingbirds breathe in and out approximately 250 times in a single minute, and their hearts pump about 1200 beats a minute, a number which further increases while they fly around.
- May live up to 12 years. Their approximate lifespan comes after taking a look at threats to their existence, such as deforestation and predatory threats.
- Another fun fact about hummingbirds is that they may eat anything, such as tiny insects, tiny berries and fruits, and other small things. They must feed about 5 to 8 times in an hour and can lick their food up to 15 times per second. Yes, they lick their food, and that too, using their forked tongues. Floral nectar is one of the hummingbird favorites. A hummingbird needs to consume sugars worth half of its weight; floral nectar is the right way of getting at that.
- They have fairly good eyesight, especially compared to their senses of smell (which hummingbirds do not have).
Humming birds’ eggs are the smallest bird eggs; this is another fun fact about humming birds, that their eggs are the size of about half an inch.