Posts Tagged ‘animals’

the hummingbird

November 4, 2007

Well, I have never seen the hummingbird in real. And I wish so much to see it some day, ever since I was a child. It is so difficult even to believe that such beautiful and tiny little bird exists. According to Wikipedia:

Hummingbirds are small birds in the family Trochilidae, native only to the Americas. They are known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings, 15–80 times per second (depending on the species). Capable of sustained hovering, the hummingbird has the ability to fly deliberately backwards (this is the only group of birds able to do so) or vertically, and to maintain position while drinking nectar or eating tiny arthropods from flower blossoms. They are named for the characteristic hum made by their wings.

It is said that they are especially attracted to red and yellow flowers. They eat each day more than their own weight (which reminds me of my appetite when I see chocolate around), so they visit hundreds of flowers daily. During the night they slow down their metabolism and reduce heart beat rate and rate of breathing – which reduces their need for food.

On the video above you can see the ruby-throated humming bird. During migration it can cross 800 km in Gulf of Mexico on a non-stop flight. So it is a real ultramarathon sweet little bird!