Did You Know: Hummingbirds

There are more than 325 hummingbird species in the world, but only two dozen species are found in the United States.

A hummingbird has 1,000 to 1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.

Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell.

The smallest species of hummingbird is the Bee Hummingbird in Cuba. It only weighs 0.07 ounces and is about two inches long.

About 30 percent of a hummingbird’s weight is in its pectoral muscles which are those primarily responsible for flight. 

The average hummingbird feeds about seven times per hour and needs to consume about half of its weight in sugar daily.

The average hummingbird’s heart rate is more than 1,200 beats per minute.

When resting, a hummingbird takes an average of 250 breaths per minutes. 

Female hummingbirds lay two eggs at a time.

While hummingbirds can live for over ten years, many die during their first year. Their average life span is only five years. 

The first hummingbird feeder was described in an article in The National Geographic Magazine in 1928.
It was not manufactured commercially until 1950 by the Audubon Novelty Company of Medina, New York.

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