10 Interesting Facts!
- The hummingbird is the smallest bird species on planet earth, weighing only from 2 to 20 grams and measuring between 2.5-8 inches.
- The smallest hummingbird in the United States is the Calliope Hummingbird it measures a mere 3-3.2 inches.
- The smallest species of hummingbird is the Bee hummingbird of Cuba that weighs only about 1.8 to 2 grams
- Ruby-throated hummingbirds are so lightweight that you could mail 8 of them for the price of a 41-cent postage stamp!
- The Rufous hummingbird has the longest migration of any hummingbird species, they fly more than 3,000 miles.
- Hummingbirds can’t walk or hop. They are the only species of birds that can truly fly backwards and upside down, and can also hover in mid-air, fly sideways and upside-down.
- Hummingbirds beat their wings at a rate of 40-80 per second and fly 30 miles per hour.
- Hummingbirds have 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest number of feathers of any bird species in the world.
- Hummingbirds get their name from the humming sound produced by their wings when flying.
- The best place to see many species of hummingbirds is in Southeastern Arizona!
Male Bee Hummingbird
Female Bee Hummingbird