Like most people, I’m usually in awe when I’m in the presence of a hummingbird. Their grace, their agility, and their speed are all amazing characteristics of these birds, but they offer so much more!
There is something about these birds that make you feel they are rare, but they aren’t rare at all. There are more than 325 exclusive hummingbird species in the world. Check out five amazing things you didn't know about hummingbirds below!
1. As mentioned above, there are 325 different hummingbird species; however, there are only eight species that regularly breed in the United States. Of the 325, about two dozen other hummingbird species visit the U.S. The rest of the hummingbird population is found in tropical areas such as Central and South America and throughout the Caribbean.
2. Hummingbirds have between 1,000-1,500 feathers, the fewest amount of feathers of any bird species. Not only do they have the fewest feathers because of their small size, but the smaller amount of feathers keeps them more lightweight when flying.
3. The average Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (the most commonly recognized hummingbird in the U.S.) weighs just 3 grams. In comparison, a nickel weighs 4.5 grams. It would take more than 150 of these hummingbirds to weigh one pound.
4. Hummingbirds must consume about ½ of its weight in just sugar each day. The average hummingbird feeds 5-8 times per hour.
5. An average hummingbird’s heart rate is 1,200 beats per minute compared to humans whose average heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute.
Check out the footage below for five more amazing facts about hummingbirds! In related news, check out Part 2 of hummingbird facts!