Incredible Hummingbird Facts

October 31, 2015

Many plants depend on hummingbirds for pollination.

 

A hummingbirds favorite color is red

 

Hummingbirds like tubular types of flowers the most.

 

Hummingbirds pollinate flowers by rubbing their forehead and face in each flower as they get the nectar.

 

The Rufous-tailed Hummingbird  (Amazilia tzacatl)  primarily feed on nectar taken from a variety of brightly colored, scented small flowers of trees, herbs, shrubs and epiphytes, favoring Heliconias and bananas.  They also take some small spiders and insects - important sources of protein particularly needed during the breeding season to ensure the proper development of their young.  Photo by Osvaldo Quintero.

 

 

A hummingbird's heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.

 

A Hummingbird's heart beats about 250 times per minute at rest.

 

A hummingbird's heart is 2.5% of the total body weight.

 

A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.

 

A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.

 

Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly.

 

Males White-necked Jacobin (Florisuga mellivora)  establish feeding territories, where they aggressively chase away other males as well as large insects - such as bumblebees and hawk moths - that want to feed in their territory. A nesting female can capture up to 2,000 insects a day.

 

Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.

 

The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.

 

A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird's neck.

 

A hummingbird's brain is 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.

 

Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.

 

Males Violet-bellied Hummingbird (Damophila julie) court females by flying in a u-shaped pattern in front of them. Females find iridescent feathers attractive.  He will separate from the female immediately after copulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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