Information On Hummingbirds


Hummingbird Information
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Hummingbirds; The tiny body of the hummingbird is packed with power, especially with muscles used for flying.

A hummingbird can turn its wings in any direction, even upside down. This is because the bones in its wing are different from those of other birds. Other birds have long "arm" bones, while the hummingbird's wing is like a "hand".


There are over three hundred species of hummingbirds, making it one of the largest families of birds. The very first hummingbirds lived in South America. From there they spread to almost every corner of North, Central, and South America.

A hummingbird's long bill and tongue are used to gather nectar from flowers.

Some bills are made for certain flowers. Different sizes and shapes of bills allow hummingbirds to eat from different flowers. Their bills range in length from 4 inch "swords" to half inch "pins".


Although most hummingbirds have ten tail feathers, some birds only have four.

There are so many different hummingbirds in Central and South America that each kind must have something special to set it apart. For this reason, many of them have developed fancy tails. Since the males do most of the courting, they usually have the fancier tails.

Male and females often perform grand "courtship flights". The patterns of these flights vary from one species to another.

Some hummingbirds, like the Rufous Hummingbird, is no bigger than your thumb. Yet every fall, this bird flies 2,500 miles from Alaska to Central America. In the spring, it returns to Alaska.


Mother humming birds are hard workers. They always lay two eggs. They build the nest, sit on the eggs, and take care of the chicks, all by themselves. The chicks are born naked and blind, and smaller than a bumble bee.

Between three and four weeks old, the young hummingbirds are ready to leave the nest.

The Future of the Hummingbird.

As long as they have plenty of flowers for food and trees in which to nest, the hummingbird will do fine.

Unfortunately, not all hummingbirds are so lucky. In some tropical areas, the human population is growing too fast. The flowers and trees are being destroyed faster than they can be replaced.



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