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Friday, May 7, 2010

Feather Friday Part 4

Today's Feather Friday birdie is the hummingbird. Take it away G-Mom. Thank you Rambo. Yes....today's bird is the beautiful little hummingbird. Here are some interesting facts about the hummingbird.
  1. the hummingbird is the smallest bird and also the smallest of all animals that have a backbone.
  2. they have no sense of smell
  3. because they can rotate their wings in a circle, they are the only bird that can fly forwards, backwards, up, down ,sideways and hover in mid air.
  4. 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 1/15th of its normal rate.
  5. during migration, some hummingbirds make a non-stop 500 mile flight over the Gulf of Mexico.
  6. during courtship dives they can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour and can average speeds of 20 to 30 miles per hour.
  7. they can beat their wings up to 80 times a second during normal flight and up to 200 times per second during a courtship dive.
  8. their heart rate 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).
  9. hummingbirds have very weak feet and use them mainly just for perching
There are sixteen different species of hummingbirds in the United States. There are six known to California. They are the rufous, allen's, anna's, costa's, calliope and black-chinned hummingbirds. I believe the birds below are male Anna's hummingbirds because of the green irridescent back and the red gorget. The birds above are female because they don't have the red gorget. Hope you enjoyed Feather Friday!


Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, Jan loves hummingbirds. She misses them since she moved here.

Ruby and Penny said...

We love hummingbirds.
Love Ruby & Penny

Remington said...

What great pics and thank you for the information! I love learning about birds! And the hummers are my favorite!

3 doxies said...

Very lovely piktures. That's alot of info too you gots there. Good thing cuz I don't lnow nuttin bout birds. We gots alotts peckers around house though. Hahahaha...I mean woodpeckers. Believes me, they is a pain in my rump...yhey so noisy.

Bijou said...

Thanks for sharing the purdy pictures. My mom loves birdies but my brother Banjo hates them and chases them away from our yard. We never see any of these hummingbirds though.


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'm going to have Mom send this to Auntie Di -

She lives in Phoenix and loves to watch the 'hummies' that frekhwent her feeder!

Thank woo fur sharing these fakhts and beaWOOtiful pikhs!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are learning so much about birds with your Feather Friday posts - hummingbirds are so cute.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Twix said...

Hummingbirds are amazing aren't they? I love your pictures. And I didn't know all those facts. Thanks for sharing them with me.

Jemma the Chihuahua said...

Thanks for sharing! We enjoyed reading the interesting facts about them.

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