This bird has flown!
HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS about hummingbirds, from Kaytee.com
- They are the smallest migrating bird, but don't migrate in flocks. Typically, a hummer will travel alone for up to 500 miles at a stretch.
- The name comes from the humming noise their wings make.
- They're the only birds that can fly backwards.
- Hummingbirds have no sense of smell, but have great color vision. Different varieties prefer different colored flowers. The ruby-throated hummer likes orange or red flowers best - but red dye should not be used in nectar as it could harm the birds. Instead, plant naturally red or orange flowers or use feeders that have red coloring in their structure.
- Your average hummingbird weighs less than a nickel.
- They use their legs only for perching and moving sideways on a perch. They can't walk or hop.
- A hummer drinks from a feeder by moving its tongue in and out - about 13 times a second. That hummer can drink double its body weight in a day.
- The female typically lays two eggs only. They're about the size of jellybeans, and have been found in nests smaller than a half-dollar. Some varieties, like the black-chinned hummingbird, make nests with plant down, spider silk or other materials that can expand as their babies grow.
- A group of hummers can be referred to as a flock, a bouquet, a glittering, a hover, a shimmer or a tune.
- There are more than 330 species of hummingbirds in North and South America!