Facts about Hummingbirds

  • Hummingbirds belong to the Trochilidae family.
  • The name Humming Bird was given to them for their characteristics to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 1580 times per second making the hum.
  • Most hummingbird species exhibit conspicuous sexual dimorphism as males are more brightly colored
  • The Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) is the smallest bird in the world.
  • The Giant hummingbird is the largest and is 8" or 7oz, while the smallest hummingbird( Bee hummingbird) is 2 " or .07 oz.
  • The hummingbirds live the life of usually 5 to 10 years.
  • Hummingbirds can dive 60 mph
  • Humming Birds can fly with speed of average 25-30 mph.
  • Hummingbirds are found only in the Americas with the majority of species occur in tropical Central and South America.Carribean country Trinidad and
  • Tobago is known as "The land of the hummingbird".
  • The wings of beat about average 2025 beats per second for the average sized hummingbird and for the smallest beats can be 70 beats per second. One of the famous and mysterious Nazca Lines depicts a hummingbird.
  • There are 343 species of hummingbirds and they are the second largest family of birds in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Hummingbirds eat every 15-20 minutes.
  • Hummingbirds re the only birds who can fly backwards.
  • Hummingbirds posses long, thin bill which is combined with an extendable, bifurcated tongue.





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