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Lizard & Hummingbird
Categories: Birds

I have told you before about my fascination with hummingbirds. Lately my opinion of them has changed. I mean don’t get me wrong I still think the are super cute. But now I know that they are jerks. At least 3 times in the last month they have dive bombed me. While they haven’t actually touched me they have gotten really really close. The first time it happened it came from the side and just sorta hovered about 3 feet away from my head and screeched at me. I had never heard of this type of behavior so I looked it up and learned that they are being territorial. I learned a bunch of stuff about them that I never knew. The next two times they messed with me they flew right by my head… I am talking less than a foot away from my head. It is super creepy because they sound like giant mosquitos or something.

Today I was looking out the window and I noticed that one of them kept flying around a skinny branch sticking out from the tree. I looked a little closer and realized it wasn’t a branch at all… it was a lizard’s tail. Of course I had to grab my camera and get a picture. They are not the best pictures but the green fuzzy thing that you can barely see is one of the hummingbirds that live in our backyard.

Read below for hummingbird facts that you have or may not have ever wanted to know.

  • Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.

  • Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.

  • The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap-bubble or prism.

  • A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird’s neck.

  • A hummingbird’s brain is 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.

  • Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.

  • Hummingbirds can hear better than humans

  • Hummingbirds can see farther than humans.

  • Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.

  • Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell.

  • A hummingbird will use its tongue to lap up nectar from flowers and feeders.

  • A hummingbird’s tongue is grooved like the shape of a “W”.

  • Hummingbirds have tiny hairs on the tip of the tongue to help lap up nectar.

  • A hummingbird’s beak is generally shaped like any other bird beak, just longer in proportion to its body.

  • The edges of the hummingbird’s top beak will overlap the edges of the hummingbird’s bottom beak.

  • A hummingbird’s bottom beak is slightly flexible.

  • Hummingbirds do not drink though their beaks like a straw. They lap up nectar with their tongues.

  • A hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.

  • A Hummingbird’s heart beats about 250 times per minute at rest.

  • A hummingbird’s heart is 2.5% of the total body weight.

  • A hummingbird will take about 250 breaths per minute while at rest.

  • A hummingbird’s metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.

  • Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly.

  • Hummingbirds like to perch.

  • Hummingbirds spend most of their life perching.

  • The hummingbird’s body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Hummingbirds are on average 8.5 centimeters long from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail.

  • A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams.

  • 30% of a hummingbird’s weight consists of flight muscles

  • Female hummingbirds are usually larger than male hummingbirds.

  • An average sized hummingbird will have about 940 feathers.

  • Females find iridescent feathers attractive.

  • Hummingbirds do not mate for life.

  • Male hummingbirds do not help raise the young.

  • Female hummingbirds do all the nest-building.

  • A hummingbird baby is generally smaller than a penny.

  • Females will lay a clutch of two eggs.

  • Baby hummingbirds cannot fly.

  • Baby hummingbirds will remain in a nest for three (3) weeks.

  • Most hummingbirds die in the first year of life.

  • Hummingbirds have an average life span of about 5 years.

  • Hummingbirds can live for more than 10 years.

  • The oldest known hummingbird was a Broad-Tailed Hummingbird that was captured and tagged 12 years apart.

  • Male hummingbirds are very aggressive and will chase another male hummingbird out of its territory.

  • A hummingbird wings will beat about 70 times per second.

  • Hummingbird’s wings will beat up to 200 times per second when diving.

  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards.

  • Hummingbirds can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.

  • A hummingbird can fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour.

  • A hummingbird can dive up to 60 miles per hour.

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