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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Facts About The Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are found in great numbers in Western countries which include North America, California, Alaska and Mexico. In today’s era everyone has heard about hummingbirds but there are some facts about the hummingbirds which are hidden to most of the people across the globe. A fact about the hummingbirds is that about 319 species of hummingbirds exists and most of them are found in the tropics. A very amazing fact about the hummingbirds is that bee hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world having 2 ½ inches length. There weight is about 3-4 grams which is very small in comparison to other species in the world.

A very interesting fact about the hummingbirds is that they can fly backwards and is the only bird in the world to do so. A very astonishing fact about the hummingbirds relating to their heart beat tells you that their hearts beats 1,260 times per minute. Another fact about the hummingbirds says that they are greatly attracted towards the red flowers such as shrimp plants, fuchsias etc. A fact about the hummingbirds is that they build their nests of spider webs, moss, lichens and plant down and attach them to twigs, pine cones or leaves, well above the ground.

A very surprising fact about the hummingbirds is that they consume half their weight in nectar each day. An interesting fact about the hummingbirds about their speed states that they can reach up to a speed of 60 miles per hour. A fact about the hummingbirds is that their wing beats 78 times per second during a flight and that’s not all their wing beats 2000 times during a dive. Another fact about the hummingbirds is that they do not have sense of smell and so rely on their eye sight for food. Hummingbirds can not fly rather they can only perch.

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