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Hummingbird Trivia

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People are fascinated in a huge way by these tiny Hummers. Here's some trivia and FAQs about these lovable birds that will wow you and your friends:

  • While many of us are familiar with the ruby throated hummingbird, there are over 300 species of hummers.

  • These are smart birds. Their brain to body ratio is the largest of all birds.

  • Hummingbirds flap their wings 50-200 times per minute.

  • Pulling up from dives, hummingbirds pull almost 10g's.

  • Their heartbeat is 1,200 per minute.

  • While hummingbirds diet consists largely of nectar, they also consume tree sap, pollen and insects. Among the insects they eat are mosquitoes.

  • Speaking of diet, hummingbirds consume 2 times their weight  per day.

  • They need to feed every 10 minutes. That's why they are such frequent visitors to your feeder.

  • Hummers remember every flower in their territory and how long it takes to get there.

  • Their lifespan is 3-12 years.

  • Hummingbird eggs are about the size of a jelly bean. There will be 1-3 eggs in the nest.

  • It takes 15-18 days for the eggs to hatch.

  • At rest, hummingbirds breath 250 times per minute.

  • Hummingbirds have weak feet, and are not good at walking.

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