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Hummingbird facts – did you know?

  • Hummingbirds eat up to 2-3 times their body weight in nectar every day!
  • Studies have shown that hummingbirds can remember every flower they’ve ever visited.
  • Hummingbirds can recognize humans and know which ones can be counted on to refill feeders
  • Hummingbird’s eyes can process ultraviolet light, which means they can see colors that we can’t!
  • Male hummingbirds get mean when fighting about girls. They stab each other in the neck with their sharp beaks.
  • Hummingbirds pack more feathers per inch than any other bird.
  • No other bird on earth can stunt fly like a hummingbird. They can fly forward, backward, hover and even fly upside down! They do it all so fast though, we can’t even see it. (Wings beat 70-200 times per second!!!)
  • Hummingbirds actually have feet and can walk, they’re just not very good at it.
  • Hummingbirds have really big brains. They take up 4.2 % of their body weight.
  • There’s over 325 species of hummingbirds in the world.
  • The hummingbird’s throat color is caused by iridescence. Light level, moisture and angle influence how bright and colorful their throat may appear.
  • Average hummingbird heart rate is more than 1200 beats per minute.
  • A hummingbird can lick 10-15 times per second while feeding.
  • Hummingbirds are a native species to the new world and are not found outside the western hemisphere.
  • Hummingbirds have no sense of smell.

Source citation: Kate Horowitz Melissa Mayntz