The Magic of Hummingbirds

A hummingbird preparing to feed.
Hummingbirds are one of the smallest species of birds. They are only
7.5- 13 cm big(3-5 in). Keeping that in mind, keep reading to find out
how long they live and how fast their heart rate is.
Hummingbird hatchlings are nearly the size of an adult already. Their
Incubation lasts about 14-23 days. Many hummingbirds die in their first
year of life, because they don’t get enough food, or it is too cold where they
live. They are very vulnerable once they hatch and are getting ready to leave
the nest. If the hummingbird does survive that year, some species can live a
decade long, but the more common American species lives about 3-5 years.
The longest recorded life of a hummingbird was that of a female broad-tailed
hummingbird. She was marked as a yearling and was found 11 years later, which
would make her 12 years old.
A humming bird resting, and feeding.
Here is the answer you have all been waiting for…hummingbirds flap
their wings any where between 12-80 times per second, they can fly around
34 miles per hour, and can fly backwards. Their name even comes from the
humming sound they make with their wings.
Hummingbirds need to eat a lot of food. In fact, hummingbirds eat more
than their own weight in nectar every day. They also eat small insects and
spiders. Although, they only like nectar with more than 10% sugar. Because
they need so much food hummingbirds are always a few hours away from
starving to death. Often hummingbirds don’t have enough food to get through
the night, so they hibernate. They can get their heart rate down to 1/15th of their
every day heart beat, which is about 1,260 beats per minute.



14 thoughts on “The Magic of Hummingbirds

  1. Fantastic post! Hummingbirds are one of my most favorite things and I appreciate all the details you added about this amazing creature! I wish you the best and lots of fun engaged readers for your blog!! 🙂

  2. The first time I saw a hummingbird in real life was the day of my friend’s memorial service, so now when I see them I feel like it’s her reminding me she’s still around, which is nice. They always seem so small-and-fragile to me though really they move faster than I could imagine anyone being able to get to them.

  3. I did not know what happened when the feeders run out and there is no other nectar. Now I know, they hibernate until there is food. Thanks. I notice when we are gone and the feeder gets empty, it takes a few days for all 10 of them to come back

  4. Hi, Rachel, When I read your blog, I learned things about hummingbirds I never knew before. Thank you for taking such care of “our” hummingbirds!

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