Interesting facts about hummingbirds:
the hummingbird is the smallest bird and also the smallest of all animals that have a backbone.
a hummingbird has no sense of smell
because a hummingbird can rotate its wings in a circle, they are the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down ,sideways and hover in mid air.
to conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they can go into a hibernation-like state (torpor) where their metabolic rate is slowed to !/15th of its normal rate.
during migration, some hummingbirds make a non-stop 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.
during courtship dives a hummingbird can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour and can average speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour.
hummingbirds are the second largest family of birds with 343 species.
hummingbirds can beat their wings up to 80 times a second during normal flight and up to 200 times per second during a courtship dive.
a hummingbird has a heart rate that can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute.
percentage wise, the hummingbird has the largest brain of all birds (4.2% of its total body weight).
hummingbirds have very weak feet and use them mainly just for perching. Hummingbird Range(where do hummingbirds live in the world)Hummingbirds are found only in North America and South America. The hummingbird range extends as far north as southeastern Alaska and the hummingbird range extends as far south as southern Chile.South America has the biggest variety of hummingbirds and more than half the species are found there. The country of Ecuador in northwestern South America has the largest number of hummingbirds of any one country with 163 different species.There are over fifty species of hummingbirds that regularly breed in Mexico.
After each name the genus and species of a hummingbird is listed in italics
Allen's Hummingbird, Selasphorus sasin
Amazilia Hummingbird, Amazilia amazilia
Amethyst Woodstar, Calliphlox amethystina
Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, Lampornis amethystinus
Amethyst-throated Sunangel, Heliangelus amethysticollis
Andean Emerald, Agyrtria franciae
Andean Hillstar, Oreotrochilus estella
Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna
Antillean Mango, Anthracothorax dominicus
Azure-crowned Hummingbird, Agyrtria cyanocephala
Bahama Woodstar, Calliphlox evelynae
Band-tailed Barbthroat, Threnetes ruckeri
Bearded Helmetcrest, Oxypogon guerinii
Bearded Mountaineer, Oreonympha nobilis
Beautiful Hummingbird, Calothorax pulcher
Bee Hummingbird, Mellisuga helenae
Berylline Hummingbird, Saucerottia beryllina
Black-backed Thornbill, Ramphomicron dorsale
Black-bellied Hummingbird, Eupherusa nigriventris
Black-bellied Thorntail, Popelairia langsdorffi
Black-billed Streamertail, Trochilus scitulus
Black-breasted Hillstar, Oreotrochilus melanogaster
Black-breasted Puffleg, Eriocnemis nigrivestis
Black-chinned Hummingbird, Archilochus alexandri
Black-crested Coquette, Lophornis helenae
Black-eared Fairy, Heliothryx aurita
Black-hooded Sunbeam, Aglaeactis pamela
Black Inca, Coeligena prunellei
Black Jacobin, Florisuga fuscus
Black Metaltail, Metallura phoebe
Black-tailed Trainbearer, Lesbia victoriae
Black-thighed Puffleg, Eriocnemis derbyi
Black-throated Brilliant, Heliodoxa schreibersii