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The Hummingbird Facts-An Eye Opener for Bird Lovers

By Treeves Subscribe to RSS | January 10th 2012 | Views:
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Welcome to the fascinating world of humming birds. There is really something special and about these tiny creatures. They symbolize peace, love and happiness and ancient pagans considered these birds sacred because of their tireless energy and anxious nature. They are the smallest of the birds to have a backbone. These exotic birds can only been seen in North America and South America. Most varieties of humming birds are found in South America. The Native Americans believe that humming birds symbolize timeless joy and the nectar of life. They are a symbol to accomplish anything that we think is impossible and they are capable of helping you to discover the miracle of joyful living from your own lives .They are considered to be really spectacular and they have a lot to teach us about self discovery and healing.

These birds are said to possess a wide range of mind boggling colors. It's because of their feather structure. Most of the birds have their colors attributed to pigmentation but for the humming birds, it is the structure that gives them the gleaming colors. The various ranges of colors arise from the special cells in the top layer of the feathers. When light hits these cells they are scattered apart, reinforced and intensified. Unlike pigmented colors, the colors of humming bird can be seen only when light hits the cells at the perfect angle. So when the humming bird positions itself in a slightly different angle what was initially blue can become blazing red.

They basically need enormous amounts of energy as they are physically active most of the time, so they consume food that is actually 8 times their own weight. These birds feed on flower nectar. They are capable of visiting 1000 flowers in a single day in search of nectar. Apart from nectar they also feed on small insects such as mosquitoes, spiders, caterpillars, ants, small beetles, and seeds. Some species feed on tree sap which other birds store. The baby humming birds are fed by a mixture of nectar and tiny insects and spiders, that will be collected by the female in her crop and she regurgitates the mixture into the mouths of the young ones.

Because of their extremely high metabolism, they must continuously feed every 10 to 15 minutes of their waking hours. Would you like to attract a humming bird? Then know this. The humming birds are attracted to blooms that are reddish or purple in color. They are territorial and they guard their prime flower plantings. The flight of humming birds has been a very hot topic to study for scientists. They are capable of flying frontwards, backwards and even sideways as the wind blows over the flowers. They also stop and accelerate instantly, lift straight up and down and pivot while hovering. These birds have very weak feet which can be used only for perching. Even if they need to travel two inches, they fly.

The smallest humming bird is the bee humming bird of Cuba and it weighs 2.2 grams whereas the largest humming bird which is the Giant humming bird of South America weighs about 20 grams. The heart beat rate of a humming bird can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute. In order to conserve energy while they are asleep, they go into hibernation –like state called torpor where their metabolic rate is brought down to 1/15th of the normal rate. They also have the largest brain when compared to all birds. They are capable of beating their wings up to 80 times per second. Like all species these birds play a special role in balancing our ecosystem. Wow! Amazing isn't it? I was able to catch a glimpse of the history of these birds from one of the Network providers the Verizon FiOS Internet. I hope this article of mine is an eye opener for bird lovers.

Treeves - About Author:
Tina is a freelancer who has a liking for birds and in her free time browse on Verizon FiOS Internet to search for information about her favorite birds and their role in balancing the ecosystem. Writing about birds fascinates and intrigues her.

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