Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds species and of course one of the most cutest. Although there are hundreds of different species found all over the world, many of these tiny amazing creatures buzzing around the Amazon Rainforest. Read on to find out some interesting facts about hummingbirds .
Hummingbirds got their name because of the humming sound created by their beating wings. They flap their wings around 70 times per second and over 200 times per second while diving at speeds up to 60 mph.
Amazing Flight Skills
Hummingbirds are the only birds in the world that can fly both forwards and backwards. They can also hover mid-air, fly sideways and even upside down.They can beat their wings in a figure-eight pattern.
Hummingbirds are really smart! According to recent studies, they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to acquire pollen again. And they visit on average 1,000 flowers in a day. A hummingbird’s brain makes up a whopping 4.2 percent of its weight. By comparison, our brains are just 2 percent of our body weight.
The Quickest Hearts
Hummingbirds have an enlarged heart for greater pumping, so they have the fastest beating hearts among animals.
Hummingbirds have super-fast metabolisms and need to eat constantly. They eat at least every 10 minutes. To conserve energy when food is scarce, they can go into a state similar to hibernation, slowing their metabolism. Their diet consist in nectar, tree sap, and insects.
They Sleep Deeply
When hummingbirds sleep at night, they go into a state called “torpor” to conserve energy, which is like hibernation to conserve energy. In this state, hummingbirds seem as if their dead, because they’ve been found hanging upside-down. So, they sleep pretty deeply!
Most Of Them Don’t Migrate
Most hummingbird species do not migrate. They are only found naturally in the Americas. Most species are found in South America, specifically Ecuador, where there are around 135 hummingbird species.
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