Facts About the Amazing Hummingbird

by Margielynn

The Hummingbird is a fascinating little bird. Set up a feeding station, they are very entertaining for the whole family to watch!

The hummingbird gets it name from the humming sound made by the rapid beating of their wings. This amazing bird can fly backward, forward, up, down, sideways and hover in mid-air.
There are over 343 hummingbird species in the world, there being only 16 species in the United States. The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird on the earth of Cuba, weighing 2.2 grams and measures just 2.25 inches long.

Facts About the Amazing Hummingbird

Amazing Hummingbird
Amazing Hummingbird

Interesting Facts About the Hummingbirds

  • Hummingbirds have no sense of smell

  • The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly sideways, up, down, forwards, backward and hover in mid air.

  • When they sleep, to conserve energy, they go into a hibernation-like state and their metabolic rate slows to 1/15 of the normal rate.

  • The hummingbird has weak feet and uses them mostly for perching

  • Hummingbird courtship dives can reach up to 60 miles per hour; their average speed is 20 to 30 miles per hour.

  • There are 343 species of hummingbirds in the world

  • When hummingbirds migrate, some can fly 500 miles non-stop over the Gulf of Mexico

  • They can have a heart rate up to 1,260 beats per minute.

Hummingbird Flared Neck

Hummingbird Flared Neck
Hummingbird Flared Neck

Angry Hummingbirds!

These tiny birds can get an attitude and show aggressive when they feel their breeding or feeding places are threatened. Many express their anger by the flared throat feathers.

Where do Hummingbirds Live?

Hummingbirds live in North America and South America. The hummingbird range goes as far north as southeastern Alaska and as far south as southern Chile. The biggest variety and over half of the hummingbird species is found in South America. The largest number of hummingbirds is found in Ecuador in northwestern South America, with 163 different species. Over fifty species of hummingbirds breed in Mexico.

Hummingbird in Flight!

Hummingbird of Silver Plume
Hummingbird of Silver Plume

Hummingbird Size

  • The smallest is the Bee Humming bird, which is the smallest bird on the earth, weighs 2.2 grams and measures 2.25 inches long and is also the smallest of all animals having a backbone. It is a little bigger than the bee.

  • The Giant Hummingbird is about 8 inches in length, the common Ruby-throated Hummingbird, weighs about 3 grams and is about 3 1/2 inches from beak to tail.

  • When a hummingbird is getting ready for migrations their weight will almost double.

Hummingbirds Matting

Courtship of the Hummingbirds

At the start of nesting season, the courtship dive is a display of flight performed by the male hummingbird. He will fly into the air, up to 60 feet or more and dive towards the ground performing different patterns. The courtship dives are performed to attract the attention of the female hummingbirds and to chase off other male hummingbirds in the area.

Flowers That Can Attract Hummingbirds

By the photos you can see that the hummingbird is attracted to the bright colorful flower, these are just a few of some of their favorites!

Cardinal Vine-Perennial: Zones 2-9

Cardinal Vine
Cardinal Vine

Butterfly Bush-Perennial: Zones 5-10

Butterfly Bush-Perennial: Zones 5-10
Butterfly Bush-Perennial: Zones 5-10

Salvia Perennial: Zones 4-11

veronica, salvia

Hummingbirds Sleeping Habits

Hummingbirds perch on a tree branch to sleep; they grasp the branch with their feet and go into a state of torpor, semi-hibernation, to conserve energy while they sleep. They especially like Fir trees because of thickness which offers them protection from the elements.

Do you have a Hummingbird Feeder?

Hummingbird Feeder

First Nature 3055 32-ounce Hummingbir...
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$10.13  $6.38

Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Bring water to a boil, add sugar. Mix well.
  2. Let cool, store leftover in the refrigerator.
  3. Clean your feeder once a week or if it gets cloudy.


Do you make your hummingbird food?

Hummingbird Food

Kaytee Electro Nectar Ready to Use 64oz
$13.02  $7.89
Updated: 01/21/2018, Margielynn
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Margielynn on 09/23/2017

Happy nutritionist
They are amazing little birds! Glad they bring you joy! Thanks for stopping in!

happynutritionist on 09/23/2017

My hummingbirds have left for the season to migrate down south. I will miss them until their return in April, which always brings me such joy.

Margielynn on 08/23/2017

If it come apart, disassemble and soak in hot soapy water.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/22/2017

Margielynn, The ruby-throated hummingbird is the one that I most frequently see. What do you use to clean their feeders?

Margielynn on 08/20/2017

sheilamarie they are a very interesting little bird! Thanks for stopping by!

sheilamarie on 08/20/2017

I love watching hummingbirds. They are fascinating creatures.

Margielynn on 08/15/2017

I know, they are an awesome little bird!

blackspanielgallery on 08/15/2017

I like the way they can get that long beak into a flower while flying.

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