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Monday, 10 August 2015

Hummingbird

The smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird. The bird is 2.24 inches long.

A hummingbird's brain makes up 4.2% of its weight—proportionally, that's the largest of any bird's.

The smallest bird egg known to man is that of the hummingbird and is the size of a pea.

A hummingbird nest is generally only a couple of centimeters in diameter - about the size of a half walnut shell.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards. They can also hover, fly upside-down and sideways.


The sweet taste is missing in almost all birds. The hummingbird, which feeds on sweet nectar, is an exception.

A hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day.

Thanks to its long, agile tongue, the adult hummingbird can lick 13 times in a single second.

Hummingbirds have such a high metabolism that they are continuously hours away from starving to death.

A hummingbird takes up to 250 breaths in a minute.

Hummingbirds have no sense of smell and can't walk.

The sword-billed hummingbird is the only bird with a beak longer than its body.

 By Francesco Veronesi from Italy - Sword-billed Hummingbird - Ecuador

Hummingbirds use hawks as bodyguards, using the proximity of hawks’ nests as protection from predatory birds.

In Aztec culture the hummingbird was a sacred animal revered for its fierceness and held as a symbol of the empire.

Costa Rica possesses 51 of the New World’s 300 hummingbird species, making it the hummingbird capital of the world.

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