All About Hummingbirds

First published: July 31, 2013 in Featured Articles

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I have been finding out information about what is usually referred to as “the flying jewels” – hummingbirds. I love those little guys and have been trying to do whatever I can to attract them to my garden. I have already written information about hummingbirds, and hope that it was and will be helpful to all who have the same interest. You can check out

All About Hummingbirds Website

  • There are over 325 species of hummingbirds , about 24 of them  visit north America but only 8 regularly breed in the United States
  • Hummingbirds cannot hop or walk, but they know how to scoot sideways when they are perched
  • A hummingbirds has 1000-1500 feathers and that is the fewest number of any bird species in the world
  • Average hummingbird weighs 3 grams – in comparison, a nickel weighs 4.5 grams
  • They are fast – maximum speed they travel in is 30 miles an hour, but they can reach up to 60 miles an hour when in a dive
  • Hummingbirds have the smallest eggs of all bird species – they measure about ½ inch but represent about 10% of mother’s weight at the time the eggs are laid
  • Hummingbirds need to consume about ½ of its body weight in sugar every day – the average hummingbird will feed 5-8 times every hour
  • Their wings beat very, very fast – between 50 – 200 flaps per second, depending on the direction of their flight and wind conditions
  • Their heart beats equally fast – more than 1200 beats per minute
  • When they rest, they breathe fast as well – hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minute
  • When migrating, they take very long flights – the rufous hummingbird makes the longest trip – more than 3000 miles from nesting grounds in Alaska and Canada to his winter habitat in Mexico
  • The ruby throated hummingbird flies 500 miles non stop across the Golf of Mexico both in spring and fall migration
  • The life span on hummingbirds depends on the species, habitat conditions, predators and other factors – but the average is 3 – 12 years
  • Hummingbirds have no smell, but they do have a very good eyesight
  • You may think they suck the nectar with their beaks – but they actually use their tongues, which are forked shaped
  • A hummingbird can lick 1-15 times per second while feeding
  • Hummingbirds digest natural sucrose in 20 minutes with 97% efficiency of converting sugar into energy
  • Many hummingbird species can breed together to create hybrid species – that is what makes them so hard to identify
  • The hummingbird peak migration period is from mid-July through August or early September, depending on their route
  • Despite of their size, hummingbirds are one of the most aggressive bird species and often attack jays, crows and hawk who are infringing on their territory
  • Hummingbirds are not found in the western hemisphere

Do you want to find out how to attract hummingbirds to your garden? Check out this link:

How to attract Hummingbirds to Your Garden


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