Hummingbirds

Everything about Hummingbirds is unique. A few examples are their ability to fly backward, hover over a feeder and lick up nectar. While you were anxiously awaiting the return of the amazing little birds, we collected some facts for you about your Hummingbirds.

Not everyone realizes that hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly frontward and backward. Their ability to do this is caused by the circular motion that their wings make. Hummingbirds also have the capability to fly right, left, up and down.

As the world's smallest bird, Hummingbirds have an average life span of 3 to 4 years. This time line can be expanded dramatically by providing these birds with feeders and flowers.

By putting up Hummingbird Feeders, flowers won't be the only colorful thing in your yard. The color that you see in the Hummingbirds is created by iridescence. The color you see depends on your position, the angle of the Hummingbird and your source of light. This allows Hummingbirds to hide or announce their colors, a particularly useful action for males who want to scare off other males or attract females.

Hummingbirds are feisty and fast birds, and there is a huge variety of species that grace the United States, including such hummingbirds as the Rufous, Broad-tailed, Ruby-throated, and Anna's Hummingbirds, just to name a few. Bluebirds feed off nectar for energy, but their main diet is protein. A little sugar water from a brightly colored hummingbird feeder, and these little rockets are off again.

 

Hummingbirds