15 Interesting Facts About Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are amazing little birds. There are many types of them, but they all differ in their modest size and amazing beauty.

  • Hummingbirds are the smallest birds on Earth. The weight of the smallest adult hummingbirds is not about three grams.
  • The largest of the hummingbirds is the gigantic hummingbird; the size of these birds reaches 21 centimeters, and the weight is 20 grams.
  • Hummingbirds have a huge, by their standards, heart – it is three times the size of the stomach, and takes up more than a third of the volume of their entire body.
  • The hummingbird heartbeats 500-1000 times per minute, and it contracts about 4.5 billion times during its life.
  • On a day, the hummingbird consumes more food than its own weight.
  • Hummingbirds can fly at speeds up to 70-80 kilometers per hour.
  • Hummingbirds never create permanent pairs.
  • The hummingbird flaps its wings up to 80 per second.
  • In total, more than three hundred species of hummingbirds live on Earth.
  • The longest recorded lifespan of hummingbirds is 17 years, but on average they live less, about 9 years.
  • The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backward or upside down.
  • During migration, hummingbirds are able to cover a thousand kilometers in less than a day.
  • Hummingbirds consume about a hundred times more food per unit weight than elephants.
  • Hummingbirds feed only when they are in the air.
  • The coat of arms of the island state of Trinidad and Tobago depicts a hummingbird.
Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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