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The wings of the smallest hummingbirds beat 70 times per second.
The heartbeat of the blue-throated hummingbird has been measured at 1,260 beats per minute.
Hummingbirds are members of the Trochilidae family.
Hummingbirds are native only to the Americas.
Hummingbirds, in flight, have the highest metabolism of any animal.
The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. It weighs just 0.06 ounces and measures two inches in length.
The incubation of hummingbird eggs is usually 14-19 days.
Scientists, examining the flight of hummingbirds, have determined that the birds produce 75% of their weight support during the down-stroke and 25% during the up-stroke.
Each day, hummingbirds consume up to eight times more than their own body weight in food.
At any given moment, hummingbirds are just hours away from starving to death.
At night, hummingbirds enter a state called "torpor." During this period, heart rate and breathing are slowed, thus reducing the need for food.
The black-chinned hummingbird is the most common species in the western U.S. and Canada.
There are between 325 and 340 species of hummingbird.
Brazil and Ecuador contain over half of the known species of hummingbirds. Only about 24 species have been found in the U.S.
Most hummingbirds have eight pairs of ribs.
Hummingbirds sometimes become trapped in garages because they mistake hanging, red door-release handles for flowers.
Homemade hummingbird nectar can be made from one part sugar to four parts water.
The Aztec god Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird.
One of the mysterious Nazca Lines is in the shape of a hummingbird.
Trinidad and Tobago is known as "The land of the hummingbird."
Hummingbirds are very fast, traveling at an average speed of 25 miles per hour.
The hummingbird is so small that the Praying Mantis is its natural enemy.
Cuban bee hummingbirds and Vervain hummingbirds have the smallest nests of any birds in the world.
Like most birds, hummingbirds have no sense of smell.
Hummingbirds are the only bird that can hover, and fly backwards as well as straight up or down.
Bands are used to track hummingbirds, and because of the size of the birds, each band weighs about 0.0002 ounces.
The average life of a hummingbird is 3-4 years. Banding has shown some hummingbirds have lived as long as 12 years in the wild.
Hummingbird eggs are half an inch long, a third of an inch wide and weigh less than one-fifty-fifth of an ounce.
Humminbirds have 14 or 15 neck vertebrae, compared to seven in most mammals.
Some of the most popular hummingbird plants are beebalm, salvia or sage (species), petunias, columbine, phlox and trumpet vine.
The body temperature of a hummingbird is 105-108 F.
Hummingbirds have the largest known relative heart size of any bird. Their heart is 2.4 percent of their body weight.
You could put 4,700 bee hummingbird eggs inside one ostrich egg.
Humming birds have fewer than 1,000 feathers, the fewest of any bird.
The bird with the longest bill relative to body length, in the world, is the swordtailed hummingbird.
Early Spanish explorers to the New World called hummingbirds "Joyas Volardores," or flying jewels.
A hummingbird's color comes from iridescence. The effect is similar to that of a soap bubble.
Hummingbirds have bifurcated tongues, meaning they are split in two.
They feed by dipping their forked, open-grooved tongues into nectar at up to 12 times a second. To reach the nectar at the bottom of a long flower tube, hummingbirds extend their tongues past their bill to a distance about equal to the length of the bill.
Hummingbirds do not have a gall bladder.
Hummingbirds have the greatest concentration of oxygen-carrying red blood cells in the animal kingdom.
The sword-billed hummingbird, a species found high in the Andes Mountains, is the only bird with a bill longer than its body.
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