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Facts about Hummingbirds

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Most of what is known about the behavior of hummingbirds comes from observations of the ruby-throated hummingbird.

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The history between hummingbirds and humans is ancient.

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The biggest remaining mystery at the present time is what happened to hummingbirds in the roughly 25 million years between the primitive Eurotrochilus and the modern fossils.

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Hummingbirds are some of the most strikingly colored specimens in the entire bird world.

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Through careful planning, gardens may contain plants that bloom at different times to attract hummingbirds throughout the seasons.

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Hummingbirds sometimes fly into garages and become trapped.

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Linda Yamane, a Rumsien Ohlone, has written about the role of hummingbirds in ancient myth (Yamane 1995).

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Hummingbirds have been photographed feeding from a container of sugar water while perching on people.

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The diet of hummingbirds consists of nectar and a protein source, such as small insects or spiders.

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The safest way to provide nectar for hummingbirds is to plant some of the many flowers that are attractive to them.

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Most male hummingbirds mate with more than one female and they form no pair bonds.

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Hummingbirds are named for the characteristic humming sound made by their wings.

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Hummingbirds are the masters of feathered flight with a combination of speed, maneuverability, and dazzling beauty considered unequaled by any other bird.

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Most hummingbirds of the United States and Canada migrate to warmer climates during the Northern Hemisphere winter, but some remain in the warmest coastal regions.

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Hummingbirds are the smallest of all known birds.

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Hummingbirds' wings are hollow and fragile, making fossilization difficult and leaving their evolutionary history a mystery.

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Fossil hummingbirds are known from the Pleistocene of Brazil and the Bahamas—though neither has yet been scientifically described.

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In 2004, two 30-million-year-old bird fossils were identified as hummingbirds (CBC 2004).

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Long-tailed hermit hummingbirds were clocked at an average speed of 25.7 mph along a 40-meter course.

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DNA–DNA hybridization results suggest that the main radiation of South American hummingbirds partly took place in the Miocene, some 13–12 mya, during the uplifting of the northern Andes (Bleiweiss et al.

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Hovering hummingbirds have been filmed using high-speed video cameras.

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Many species of hummingbirds do not sing, and the songs of those that do sing would not be described as melodious.

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Others found that ruby-throated hummingbirds could not make any progress in a wind tunnel with a headwind of 26 mph (Gill 1985), so this would seem to be their maximum flight speed.

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Hummingbirds are found only in the Americas, from southern Alaska and Canada to Tierra del Fuego, including the Caribbean.

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Traditionally, hummingbirds (family Trochilidae) were placed in the order Apodiformes, which also contains the swifts.

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Scientists also theorize that hummingbirds originated in South America, where there is the greatest species diversity.

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Hummingbirds are attracted to many types of flowers, including shrimp plants, bee balm, heliconia, butterfly bush, hibiscus, bromeliads, cannas, verbenas, honeysuckles, salvias, pentas, fuchsias, and penstemons.

Hummingbird ecosystems are important for the entire ecological system because approximately 75 percent of the world's flowers rely on insects, bats and birds for pollination. ... This means that without hummingbirds some of the nectar-producing flower species would die or eventually become extinct.Aug 31, 2015

Some common colorful plants that attract hummingbirds are annuals: Agastache, Begonia, Cuphea, Four O'Clocks, Fuchia, Geranium, Impatience, Lantana, Nasturtium, Nicotiana, Petunia, Phlox, Salvia, Zinnia. Perennials: Bee Balm, Coral Bells, Dwarf Delphinium, Penstemon, Verbena, Veronica.Jun 9, 2011

The Hummingbird-Friendly Yard. ... Best Plants to Attract Hummingbirds. ... Hummingbird Feeders & Hummingbird Feeder Recipe. ... Don't substitute sugar with honey in the hummingbird feeder recipe; the solution spoils quicker and may contain bacteria that can cause a fatal fungal disease. ... Hummingbird Habits. ... When to Feed Hummingbirds.

To maintain a healthy ecosystem in your yard:Eliminate pesticides. ... Make sure your yard contains insect-pollinated flowers as well as hummingbird-pollinated plants.Hang a basket with overripe fruit or banana peels close to a hummingbird feeder to attract tiny fruit flies.Use native plants.

Hummingbirds are BIG eaters. No animal on earth has a faster metabolism-roughly 100 times that of an elephant. Hummingbirds burn food so fast they often eat 1.5 to 3 times their body weight in food per day! In order to gather enough nectar, hummingbirds must visit hundreds of flowers every day.