Amazing Hummingbird Facts

  Hummingbirds can fly forward, backward, shift sideways and stop in mid-air.
   An average hummingbird consumes half its weight in nectar each day.
   The Hummingbird is the world's smallest bird.
   Hummingbirds can reach speeds up to 60 miles an hour.
   They lap nectar with their tongues.
   Their wings beat 78 times per second during regular flight and up to 2000 times during a dive.
   The fastest wing-beat during normal flight belongs to the Sun Gem, a Hummingbird found in South America, is 90 beats per second. PER SECOND!
   Hummingbirds do not have a sense of smell. They locate their food by eyesight.
   A Hummingbird's egg is about the size of a pea.
   A Hummingbird's heart beats 1,260 times per minute.
   The adult male "bee Hummingbird" of Cuba is only 2.24 inches long. That's WITH the bill and tail! They only weigh 0.056 ounces.


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