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A Charm of Hummingbirds


Hummingbirds are amazing creatures!
Here are some fun facts…

The Cuban Bee Hummingbird and is the tiniest bird in the world and measures only about 2 inches long (about the same length as your house key!) Because hummingbirds are so tiny, their nests are tiny too – only about 1 inch deep and 2 inches wide on the inside. To make this itty bitty nest stronger, hummingbirds use spider silk to bind their nests together.

Hummingbird eggs are small too of course and hummingbird moms usually lay two eggs each season. Most eggs are just a little bigger than a jelly bean! 

In the right light a hummingbird can shine just like a charm on a bracelet. The structure of their feathers reflects the light like a prism and shows off the beautiful colors to attract a mate. The very rare Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird has some very special tail feathers that look like spatulas on long, flexible handles. Take a look at the video below.


 



 

Did You Know?

  • The hummingbird’s favorite food is nectar, a sweet juice that comes from flowers. Hummingbirds also eat insects and spiders
  • A hummingbird, going its slowest speed will beat you in any race. When they are flying at their slowest speeds they go about 25-30 miles per hour but the fastest hummingbirds can fly up to 60 miles per hour!
  • Hummingbirds can fly in any direction (up, down, forward, backwards, sideways), hover in one place and can even fly upside down for short distances!
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Backyard Habitat
"Molly and Dave visit the Davis family of Black Mountain, NC to create a habitat for ruby throated hummingbirds and butterflies. They build a garden, complete with a homemade mister, bird bath, and a feeder."
Hummingbirds
Murray, Peter
Describes the physical characteristics, habits, and behavior of hummingbirds.

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