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Hummingbird Facts

Hummingbird Facts

Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.

Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.


A hummingbird’s brain is 4.2% of its body weight, the largest proportion in the bird kingdom.

A hummingbird can fly an average of 25-30 miles per hour.

A hummingbird can dive up to 60 miles per hour.


Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.

Hummingbirds can hear better than humans.

Hummingbirds can see farther than humans.

Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.

A hummingbird’s tongue is grooved like the shape of a “W”.

Hummingbirds have tiny hairs on the tip of the tongue to help lap up nectar.

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Hummingbird Facts

A hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,260 times per minute.

Hummingbirds spend most of their life perching.


The hummingbird’s body temperature is around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hummingbirds are on average 8.5 centimeters long from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail.

Hummingbirds do not mate for life.

Male hummingbirds do not help raise the young.

Depending on the species, habitat conditions, predators and other factors, including threats to hummingbirds, the average lifespan of a wild hummingbird is 3-12 years.

A hummingbird wings will beat about 70 times per second.

Hummingbird’s wings will beat up to 200 times per second when diving.

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backwards.

Hummingbirds can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.

A hummingbird’s wings will rotate in a full circle.


Some hummingbirds will travel over two thousand (2,000) miles twice a year during migration times.

Hummingbirds need to eat on average 7 times per hour for about 30-60 seconds.

A hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar.

When hummingbirds sleep at night, they go into a hibernation-like state called torpor.

Hummingbirds are only found naturally in the Americas.

There are more than 300 types or species of hummingbirds.

A hummingbird’s favorite color is red.


Hummingbirds pollinate flowers by rubbing their forehead and face in each flower as they get the nectar.

Hummingbirds cannot walk or hop, though their feet can be used to scoot sideways while they are perched. These birds have evolved smaller feet to be lighter for more efficient flying. They will use their feet for itching and preening, however!

The radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.

Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell.

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