When you hear a bird being described as ‘strong’ or ‘beautiful,’ your mind may conjur up images of a fierce eagle, or a tropical parrot.
This is understandable, but both these birds will find a strong contender in hummingbirds.
We share with you some of the internets best close up hummingbird photos, as well as some interesting facts. Please enjoy:
Green-Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird
Hummingbirds possess a unique type of delicate beauty that is like no other.
They are masters at flying manoeuvres. They are the only bird that can hover and fly backwards.
Hummingbirds can flap their wings between 50-80 beats per second, making them a literal blur to the human eye.
This means that capturing a clear photo of their wings in flight can be very difficult.
They flap their wings in a figure of 8 pattern, this gives them the ability to hover.
When they dive, they can flap their wings up to 200 times per second!
This is actually where their name comes from; their wings beat so fast that they make a humming noise.
Their metabolism is just as speedy as their wings, and their weight can change drastically over the day as they eat and burn up energy
Because of this, they consume anywhere between half to 8 times of their weight in sugar daily,
The average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour, thats a lot of their waking day spent feeding!
Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird
Their hearts can beat over 1200 times per minute!