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Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds - Where to Buy Hummingbird Feeders

Updated on April 8, 2011

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Hummingbirds belong to the Trochilidae family of birds characterized by their small size ranging from 5” up to 20 cm. Interestingly only in America, there are around 330 species of hummingbirds and there are about 54 species of hummingbirds in Costa Rica alone. Hummingbird family extends from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska but most of them are tropical birds. The coloration of sexes of hummingbirds is different. The tongue of hummingbirds is very long, branching, and tubular finished with a brushy tip perfectly suitable for catching insects and sucking nectar. The legs of hummingbirds are weak and short used only for settling after a flight, not good for walking. The wings of these birds make a humming sound and that is why they are called as hummingbirds.

Some Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

  • The hummingbirds have developed a wealth of habitats, among which the least popular are the mangroves, moors, and savannas, as most hummingbirds love to live in the rainforests and evergreen forests.
  • Hummingbirds are of great importance for insects and bats and plants, as they play an important role in plant pollination. To accomplish this, various types of hummingbirds have developed different adjustments that include peaks, which have different shapes and sizes for pollination of different types of flowers.
  • Hummingbirds are very active and this requires them to consume a lot of nectar.
  • An interesting fact is that some hummingbirds are able to consume half their weight of nectar.

Hummingbird extracting nectar from a flower
Hummingbird extracting nectar from a flower
A beautiful hummingbird
A beautiful hummingbird
Ruby throated humming birds
Ruby throated humming birds
Rare blue hummingbirds
Rare blue hummingbirds
Swallow tailed green humminbird found in Brazil
Swallow tailed green humminbird found in Brazil
Humming bird flapping wings
Humming bird flapping wings
  • Another interesting fact of hummingbirds includes their ability to regulate temperature in cold highlands.
  • Despite their small size but high metabolism rates, they possess an energy saving mechanism, which helps them to survive without food by lowering their metabolism rates to 1/15th of normal sleep.
  • Hummingbirds have adapted to a range of social behaviors, ranging from surviving alone to living in a complex social organization, according to species.
  • The flowers visited by hummingbirds are tubular and have abundant nectar and are generally in shades of red, orange, or pink.
  • A single hummingbird visits up to 1000 flowers per day for feeding nectar.
  • Interestingly, hummingbirds are very fast and can flap their wings up to 70 times in one second staying in the same place while extracting the nectar of flower.
  • White hunting for nectar, a hummingbird can fly at a speed of 60 to 80 km per hour and can dive at 60 miles per hour.
  • The breeding season of hummingbirds varies dramatically depending on where they are located.
  • Many male hummingbirds are polygamous and after mating, they forget their responsibility as fathers and move on to mate with other female birds.
  • Hummingbirds become a prey of snakes, owls, mammals, and other reptiles.
  • Hummingbirds lay 2 eggs at a time, which are very large relative to their body size. The incubation period of hummingbirds lasts from 15 to 21 days. Humming bird chicks are born without feathers and with eyes closed. At 2 or 3 days of their birth, the chicks are covered with a grayish coat and slowly begin to grow feathers on the upper body. Humming bird chicks open their eyes at 14 days after hatching.
  • Although hummingbirds feed primarily on nectar from flowers, they supplement their diet with small insects and spiders that they trap when they visit some flowers.
  • Hummingbirds are the world’s smallest birds and they live anywhere between 5 to 10 years.
  • Hummingbirds are the fastest breathers found on earth and breathe anywhere from 300 to 400 times per minute.
  • For mating, due to their polygamous nature, several male hummingbirds try to identify the foraging path of female hummingbirds and every male hummingbird tries to woo the female bird by singing and flapping of wings and the female hummingbird chooses the male with the best covering of feathers and best song.
  • A hummingbird is the best master of art of flying and diving from air.

A Beautifully Flying Hummingbird

A hummingbird searching for nectar from flowers
A hummingbird searching for nectar from flowers

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      Corey 6 years ago from Northfield, MA

      I love hummingbirds and feed them with a feeder but also place hanging fuscia around my front porch for them. They love the nectar from the flowers and entertain me as i drink my morning coffee on the front porch. Thanks for this hub.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi neat and complete info about the humming birds!! i love these birds! they are an absolute delight to watch!

      -carrie

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      sreekumar 6 years ago

      infact i have seen a humming bird of 2 to 3 cm size in kalpakkam,chennai.

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      Coriline 6 years ago

      where do you get pet hummingbirds?

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Divya, I thought you had seen them on some TV channel like Discovery or Animal Planet or something. I have not ever seen any hummingbirds in Delhi or anywhere in India. I have checked out Delhi zoo too.

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      divya 7 years ago

      hey..i had read your earlier comment that there were no hummingbirds in India, that's why i was having my doubts, i spotted it in Delhi,and after a little bit of research couldn't figure out if it was a Spiderhunter/ Sunbird or hummingbird! Thanks nonetheless.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Divya, you might have seen a hummingbird. I love them for their unique characteristics.

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      divya 7 years ago

      hey i saw a bird recently that somewhat resembled a hummingbird, it was small..though not as small as hummingbirds I've seen on t.v..but it had a similar beak,was brown and managed to flap its wings at a fast rate while remaining stationary around a small plant, could u pls tell me what it could have been?

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Okay bubloo, I will make a hub on that.

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      bubloo 7 years ago

      Hi

      I want to know the name of other birds which are nector sucker??

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @Madama, there are actually no hummingbirds in India. The ones you see making a humming sound are actually sunbirds. I wish I would have hummingbirds in Delhi just like you wish to have in Chennai.

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      Madama 7 years ago from Harrisburg PA

      Very Interesting Hub. I really miss the Hummingbirds in Chennai City!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @weblog, I will try to answer your questions, as I have found your questions really interesting and profitable.

      @Veronica, thanks a lot dear for coming to my hubs again. I just linked this hub to one of your hubs. Check it out. Also give me feedback so I can improve.

      @HP, sir I am really glad that you liked the video. I will publish more hubs. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I like very much the video of the "Beautiful Flying Humming bird". Thanks for sharing.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love hummingbirds. I had to come and see what interesting facts mentioned.

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      weblog 7 years ago from 1India

      I see that you publish hubs in diverse topics. I've posted many questions that are still not answered yet, perhaps some of them could be inspiration to your hubs in future!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure weblog. Thanks for asking such an interesting question.

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      weblog 7 years ago from 1India

      Wow, it's quick. Thanks for answering my request.

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