There are millions of reasons why we are fascinated with hummingbirds. A hummingbird is a tiny, brightly colored bird most known for its fast and agile movements. These brilliant, small, precision-flying animals glitter like jewels in the full sun, then quickly vanish in a second toward the next nectar source. The reasons why they are great are really various, and here the top 10 of these reasons are sorted out.
- The beat of their wings is so fast, about 55 times a second that a “humming” sound is produced, and their wings appear blurred. They are the only bird species in the world that can hover and fly backwards, or even upside down. Their ability to hover allows these beautiful birds to sip the nectar of plants and flowers.
- One of the strangest hummingbird facts relates to how these tiny birds drink. The hummingbird’s tongue has tubes which open down the side as the bird touches the nectar, then close around it, pulling it back up into its beak. The tongue contains various strange additions to facilitate this process, such as tiny hair, grooves and forks.
- Hummingbirds will feed on about 1000 flowers daily for the energizing nectar. Hummingbirds like flowers that contain nectar content of only 25%. They don’t feed on flowers which produce nectar below 15%!
- You might think you have a problem satisfying your sweet tooth, but try to be this bird! A hummingbird is built to digest the sweet stuff. These birds can completely digest natural sucrose for no more than 20 minutes, and with an efficiency of 97% for producing energy from sugar!
- One of the most shocking hummingbird facts includes just how aggressive these tiny creatures can be. Though they are shy and docile around people, when interacting with each other and other bird species, they can turn into one of the most aggressive birds in the world.
- Because they spend around 10-15% of their day feeding, and another 75-80% sitting and digesting, they don’t have much time to walk or hop. Their legs have evolved accordingly, and their feet are very weak, although most of hummingbird species can still manage to scoot about on trees while they are perched.
- Most birds die during their first year, but when they survive a full annual cycle their life span goes up dramatically. The oldest hummingbird was 8 years and 1 month old.
- One of the most intriguing hummingbird facts is about their migration, which many bird species undertake every spring and fall. Their reasons for migration are somewhat mystery. Scientists have speculated that they are following the insects, or the flower sources.
- Male hummingbirds, together with many other animals have territory. When a female hummingbird visits a male’s area the male performs a courtship display at the same time, trying to convince the female hummingbird that he is the best male she can find. If she likes his performance, she will mate with him. If not, she moves on to another territory.
- If you’re lucky enough to live in the same area with the native hummingbird species, you can use this simple trick to attract them. As we have seen they can’t smell, but they have brilliant eyesight, so you should think about the color! Just try to plant your garden with bright and attractive flowers. In that way you will have not only a wonderful and eye-catching garden, but also a garden full of these beautiful birds!